Hey beautiful people! We are starting up a new feature on the blog called Drama Llama Patrol. There is always so much drama in the YA book community and we are here to give some commentary on it. We might ruffle a few feathers but this our just opinions – we can agree to disagree. What is the point in having a blog if you can’t get a little sassy from time to time?
I will be joined with a guest blogger for this feature, Samm! Any members from the TBR and Beyond Book Group on Facebook will already know this crazy bestie of mine – she is is a senior moderator and all-around pain in my side! You can also find her sassing off and reading way too many books in a month over on her booktube channel Sassenwach the Book Wizard.
Alright, enough with the introductions – let’s get to the drama! Let’s talk book subscriptions and entitlement! Recently there was a HUGE upset when Fairyloot announced their Queen of Nothing Special Edition Box (LIMITED BOXES – this part matters). They told everyone that monthly subscribers would be getting first dibs at the box and then what was left would go live to the public at a certain date and time. Well, it did and too many people (not their monthly subscribers) tried to get it all at once and the site crashed – there were only so many boxes available in the first place – everyone didn’t get one and shit hit the fan.
People went flipping bonkers – instead of just being disappointed or saying they were upset – they went into full out nasty, vicious mode at Fairyloot on Instagram. It got real ugly, real fast and yet again the YA community was living up to that toxic reputation.
Melanie: Okay, people seriously need to calm the fuck down. I understand that click wars for limited edition stuff are bound to bring frustration, but it’s LIMITED – did everyone really think you were going to get one? Was this everyone’s first sale where there wouldn’t be enough of something to go around?!?!
Samm: We are talking about a leisure items box–not life saving medication. Everyone knows there were going to be other sub box companies doing limited editions for this book, so it’s not people’s last chance at getting a cool box from some place. Fairyloot told everyone to subscribe if they wanted a chance at this box in advance and people still bitched. It’s not Fairyloot’s problem that you chose NOT to subscribe for whatever reason and take the risk of getting box that even Kimmy Schmidt, in Season 1 Episode 1, knew was going to have a crazy amount of people making a mad dash for. If you didn’t subscribe – that is on you!
Melanie: My favorite was someone telling them that they feel like they been robbed? That must be the definition of entitlement. What is wrong with people? Robbed? Really? People telling Fairyloot that they should be ashamed of themselves? For what exactly? They aren’t your parents – you don’t get to scream and cry at them when you don’t get what you want. That’s not how things work. I must’ve seen 500 posts saying, “It’s not fair.” I don’t mean to be harsh but when did the world become fair? Did I miss a memo? I mean I personally find it a lot more unfair to harass a small company with vicious names because you can hide behind your computer screens, but that is just me *shurg*
Samm: Learn the difference between being disappointed and bullying/harassment. Fairyloot was doing everything they could to cater to people while all this was going on and still tons of people still pissed because it wasn’t fast enough or good enough for them. They ordered as much inventory as they possibly could (much more than normal) and had enough to supply their subscribers and still have a few left over for the public after (again, you could have just subscribed!!!). It’s ridiculous that a subscription box is having to apologize for being successful and selling out on a limited edition box, while people scream at them. I know it’s social media but lots of people sent actual harassment and insults to real people who work hard. This isn’t a large box chain. This is a book subscription box. This could easily result in fewer Special Edition boxes (really awesome considering all the licensing changes to Holly Black’s series).
Melanie: Exactly, it’s like no matter what they do – they get yelled at. If they make too many boxes then people yell at them that it’s not limited enough. If they make too few then people scream at them for ruining their lives. It’s a no win situation. It’s not cool.
Shout out to this amazing person that made the best out of a bad situation! This is what we need! Humor!!!! You rock!
Melanie: Simmer down, vent to your friends and remember that companies are run by actual people. You wouldn’t want others screaming names at you, so chill.
Samm: Calm yourselves! Take even half of that passion and direct it towards something useful that could improve the world…or just buy a punching bag or scream into a pillow like the rest of us international shoppers when we see shipping prices.