Hugh Howey is Getting a Bum Rap April 18, 2013Posted by Al Philipson in Industry News and Views.
Tags: critics, Dust, Hugh Howey, movie deal, unwarrented attacks, Wool
It happens to many people who achieve success. The Lilliputians who don’t have enough talent or work ethic to make the grade start picking on the giant to make themselves look bigger than they are (at least in their own minds).
For a while after his short eBook story, Wool, went viral and sold a ton of copies, Hugh enjoyed the admiration of most of the literary community and certainly that of his fans. And why not? He seems to be a nice guy and his rags to riches story rings a bell with many who like to see the “underdog” triumph.
Then he scored a paper deal with Random House and a movie deal to boot. After that, it didn’t take long for the snipers to come out of the woodwork, looking for a chink in his armor — even if they had to make one up.
When Hugh posted a story about an abusive woman he met at an event, and labeled her “a bitch” (a better term than she deserved if the details of the story are true), the little people thought they had a good target. After all, if they stretched this out far enough, they could make him look like a woman-hater (and the had to stretch pretty far for that one). Then the snarkey articles started appearing on blogs no one had ever heard of before (I won’t dignify any of them with a mention, nor a link) and the hounds started baying at his heels (perhaps I should say, “the ankle biters started yapping at his heels?”).
Mr. Nice Guy (Hugh) probably hadn’t encountered this level of made-up vitriol before and made the mistake of posting an apology, thus adding fuel to a fire that would have gone out on its own if left alone. Emboldened by his reaction, the ankle biters started criticizing him for the apology (“you can’t win” department).
Now, more of the trolls are coming out of the woodwork and bombarding their 2 or 3 readers with their own versions of “bash Howey” blatherings.
Hopefully, 98% of Howey’s fans and the rest of us will recognize these attacks for what they are: a pathetic attempt to get attention where none is deserved. And Hugh can get back to what he does best, which is write interesting stories that other people want to read.