In My Mailbox – Why I’m Not Having One
As most of you know by now, there is massive drama going on in the YA blogging community once again. This time it concerns one of the biggest bloggers: Kristi from The Story Siren. Long story short: she has been accused of plagiarism, tried to sweep it under the rug, it came out anyway, she half-apologised, everyone got very angry, she apologised again, this time better. If you want more information about what happened and the evidence of plagiarism, there are a lot of blogs that have this information and are easy to find by searching for “The Story Siren” + “plagiarism”.
I’m not joining the “did she do it or did she not” discussion here, this post is only meant to explain why I personally decided not to participate in the In My Mailbox meme any more. Everyone can decide for themselves where they stand on this.
The worst offence here for me isn’t the plagiarism itself. No, she shouldn’t have done it and she should have known better. But if she had just said “Oops! I’m so sorry! I’m adding your name as an inspiration to these posts right now!” that would have been fine with me. The fact that she tried to hide it made it worse for me. She consciously lied about it to thousands of her readers. I do not accept this, and refuse to support her blog. She has tons of ads on there, and I don’t want her to make money off me after all this. I’m not going as far as some bloggers, who are not only boycotting The Story Siren but all products and publishers that are associated with her (for example – they’re not buying Insurgent). I’m just not considering myself one of her readers and will not act like one.
There are tons of alternatives to show of your mailbox springing up, including memes hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea and Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews, and I’m sure more will follow later today. I hope over time these memes can be united to one again (:
Update: Another substitute is hosted by Kimberly over at Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.