People Roleplaying in MY Book Reviews? It’s More Likely Than You Think.


So… this is just weird. I’d love to know if any other authors have had this happen to them.

People are roleplaying — sort of — in the reviews sections of some of my ebooks at Barnes & Noble online. The image above is from the reviews section for Pixel People.

Obviously, they can’t exactly fit a lot in. I’ve played a lot of role-playing games in my time, and frankly, if a game I was in didn’t make it any farther than people giving uninspired descriptions of their characters, I wouldn’t have come back for the next session.

Maybe the action is somewhere else. I haven’t checked the reviews on The Grapes of Wrath lately. maybe ‘Raven’ and (snicker) ‘Eclair’ are fighting some orcs over there.

And, seriously, roleplaying in reviews? Seems like this would be a lot more efficient even in something as awkward as a thread in email with lots of CCs.

Or, I don’t know, get a freakin’ blog and roleplay there? They’re free.

For people engaging in an imaginative pursuit like roleplaying, this crowd seems pretty dim.




Addendum, 7/31/14: A Twitter friend, @nihiofkdi, tracked down the answer. Apparently “Nook RP” is a thing. To each their own, but rather than putting junk in the reviews of innocent hardworking indie authors like myself, which may discourage folks from downloading (“What’s this crap, this isn’t a review. Is this author screwing with me? Well, forget that. I’ll just re-read some Harry Potter, thanks.”), why not just gather at a friend’s house and play some good old fashioned D&D? It’s more fun that way, not to mention someone usually brings tasty junk food.

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Posted on July 30, 2014, in I Laughed., It Is A Mystery, Rant, Silly and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yes, on Barnes and Noble it seems to be a thing. I noticed that one of my books had far more reviews there than was likely, and when I looked into it I saw just this kind of thing. It’s hysterical. I love it.

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