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If You Can’t Beat Them, Ask Them to Quit; A Response to Lynn Shepherd

lynn_shepherdI don’t know Lynn Shepherd. I’ve never read any of her novels and only became aware of her via her piece published on The Huffington Post UK entitled, “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It” which I will be citing throughout. Let’s start with her opening sentence:

When I told a friend the title of this piece she looked at me in horror and said, “You can’t say that, everyone will just put it down to sour grapes!”

No Lynn, I don’t think you’re sour grapes. I think it makes you come off like a pussy, because your entire thesis here is when someone gets too good at something, they should quit. And yeah, maybe I’m hyper-elaborating here, but I don’t think I’d like to live in a world where Michael Jordan only played until he won his first championship or Steve Jobs resigned after he came out with the initial iteration of the iPhone. You’re operating under the pretense that when someone gets too good at something it fucks everyone else over, and that’s simply not true. Then there’s this little gem:

I didn’t much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I’ve never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can’t comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent.

Really, Lynn? Really?! So lemme get this straight, you self-appoint yourself the authority to tell someone to resign without having read a lick of their work? That’s golden. Hey, you know what…I’ve never seen Jimmie Johnson drive a NASCAR race but from what I hear he’s really fucking good and filthy rich. I think he should quit. That’s the logic we’re using here, right? Because when the competition is too stiff it’s only natural that we make the game easier for the other kids to play.

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