I’m reaching out to you to ask what you would do if you were me.
I have been posting Sookie’s Present on FF.net, and I have an unhappy and vocal reader. One of the problems with FF is that readers can post anonymous (Guest) reviews, which means I can’t respond if there are issues/comments that need to be addressed. (This is one of the many reasons why I love wordpress so much!)
For Chapter 6, Guest wrote: UGH! I was hoping this Sookie would be smarter and NOT take any of that disgusting Bill’s blood but she’s still the naive idiot from the books. If Sookie has sex with Bill in the upcoming chapter I will NOT continue reading this story. It’s bad enough that Sookie has Bill’s blood.
I tried to reassure Guest in an author note at the beginning of Chapter 7, saying, “For those of you who are worried about Bill being involved in this story (and Bill getting his grimy hands all over Sookie), I can assure you now that I don’t write Sookie/Bill FF. If you’ve read my other stories, you already know that.”
For Chapter 7, Guest (I’m assuming it’s the same person) wrote: Bill is obviously NOT losing his hold on Sookie since you made Sookie have his blood. I’m bitter over it, can’t you tell?
So my note didn’t work … now what? I tried really hard to explain the premise of this story from the get go. Do I waste my time explaining that my Sookie is smart enough to be wary of Bill, or that she didn’t have a choice in taking Bill’s blood (since he forced her to drink it after nearly getting killed, just like in the book), or that I hate Bill’s guts and the only reason he’s in this story is because I needed someone to motivate Eric to be his most alpha-male self?
I know I can’t please everyone, but I REALLY want to. Why is this bothering me so much? *sigh*