Friend writes terrible stuff
I have a friend who writes fanfic-- she is an intelligent lady, but this
stuff is just horrible. I think it is very poor and tasteless-- it actually
shocks me how awful it is.
She posts it publicly under her own name. She has asked me a couple of
times what I think of it. I can't find any way of saying anything good
about it-- I even think she might be compromising herself by posting this
stuff publicly, under her own name.
I can't dodge her forever. I actually am afraid she might do herself
some damage by making this stuff public-- but I don't know how to tell
her without hurting her and possibly losing her friendship.
So you don't want to lose her friendship, and yet she's obviously lost
yours already. Selfish, aren't you?
She's writing; she's enjoying it, she may or may not be any good; she
may or may not THINK she's any good. So what?
You seem to think being a critic is more important than being a friend.
Wrong. Critics are two a penny; friends are priceless.
What are your credentials for being a critic? Why is your opinion more
valuable than hers?
Of course, if you removed your head from your ass for a minute, you'd
realise that you could do both. You could say "Because you're my
friend, you'll understand that I must be honest; because I'm your friend,
I understand that we might disagree and I might be wrong ... I hate your
But this isn't about her, is it? You're ashamed, and all you care about
is that you might suffer for her hated work.
Once she makes her first million, and she might - bad or not, others
may love her work, I hope she pays you thirty pieces of silver. Because
that's the value of your kind of "friendship".
Wake up, wish her well, and choose. Friend or "critic"