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I'm Patrick Rothfuss, Word Doer, Charity Maker, and Thing Sayer. Ask Me Anything. (x-post from r/books)

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24 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

I think it shows pretty clearly that people who howl for book three aren't as interested in donating money to make the world a better place. You can draw your own conclusions after that.

https://archive.is/OrHx6

er....

I think he could have answered this without spoiling anything from the novels (As he says himself, the information won't be in the novels, anyway):

https://np.reddit.com/r/books/comments/3u9l78/im_patrick_rothfuss_word_doer_charity_maker_and/cxd3glb

But he completely sidestepped that question.

level 2

That was such a spiteful answer. At least if people donate money to watch him play Fallout we see him do something. We have no idea how far away book 3 is, is an extra 3 hours really gonna make so much difference. I'm waiting on Book 3 eagerly like a lot of people but it also kinda seems like he wants people to pay him to continue writing, or at least that's the answer I'm getting

level 3

Pat exemplifies both the amazing and not-so-amazing qualities of a "nerd." On the one hand, he has the capability to build an amazing world in his head, and write incredibly compelling stories about it.

On the other hand, he believes he's correct in just about everything, and often can't (or doesn't care to) disagree without coming across as an asshole. These are qualities you could find exemplified in nearly any physics department, linux kernel developers conference, doctors lounge or english department.

In this case, Pat seems unable to accept that fans who want the book might be annoyed with the whole premise of the project, or might prefer other charities, or (my personal theory) have already been alienated by his abrasive online personality.

This project self-selected fans who were fans of Pat's persona outside the books, and he can't reasonably draw the conclusions he did, without a certain amount of self-delusion.

level 4

To be honest the premise does annoy me. Yeah I get it he doesn't owe me anything blah blah but at the same time we haven't had anything! No release date, no progress report that I've seen nothing. He got irritated when people asked him about book 3 but to be honest what else is there to ask? He hasn't released anything new and I think most questions for the first 2 and novella have already been asked. Especially today he was really abrasive and didn't seem in the mood. And the excuse about something happening in his game his rubbish. If you are doing an AMA you either need to be ready to interact with fans or don't bother with the AMA. It felt dead because he didn't really put any effort in either. I definitely won't be donating it's rubbed me totally the wrong way

level 5
15 points · 3 years ago

I agree. That's what I don't understand, he is famous for being an author of two books and two short stories. he has not said anything about the third book which is all 99.9% of his fans will care about. Not running a charity (regardless of it being a good cause) the only reason I know this guy is for his stories. I will gladly pay him for his work. But other then that...he's just some dude.

level 6
6 points · 3 years ago

And the second book wasn't nearly as good as the first...

level 7

There were about 400 pages where I was thinking "OMG WHEN WILL THIS END?" Specifically, with that fae forest crap and those red clothes people. So boring and actually kind of nonsensical at times and really coming off as bad writing.

level 8
6 points · 3 years ago

Yeah, I feel like the editors should've done more to cut that down.

I still have hope that it was just setting things up for a great finale, but when your first book was awesome, your second book was just okay, and your anticipated third book is indefinitely delayed, what were his expectations coming into an AMA? What did he expect fans to ask about?

level 8

The sex fairy and the martial arts people bored me to tears, too.

level 5

Let's face it, the book is done. It was done years ago (in fact, I think it was on draft 3 when book 2 came out). The publisher thought it was done years ago. But Pat is now so big that his publisher doesn't want to piss him off, so his compulsiveness wins out.

Seriously, 5 years to REVISE a 400,000 word book? Especially when the publisher throws all the help they can at you, including editors and assistants? Forget that he signed a legally binding contract... if he was a less successful author they'd have terminated the contract, gotten the advance money back, and left his ass to swing in the breeze. The complete lack of professionalism on display here is what annoys me.

level 2
-2 points · 3 years ago

Nah, I don't think he could answer that. Do you really expect him to say "well, 'interesting fact A' definitely won't be in this book"? Anything like that is kind of spoilery both for that book and whatever else might come out in the future where that idea might actually see print.

level 3

I absolutely expect him to say that sort of thing. Both Sanderson and Butcher do it all the time, to pull two authors I think have great community interaction.

If you're going to cut both discussion of interesting setting information and discussion of future books, you end up with AMAs like this one. Pretty dull.

I respect him not wanting to talk about Book 3. But you need something to actually discuss with the fans. Instead we got "I'm a famous author, donate to my charity".

level 1

His work is great but this guy doesn't sound like someone I could stand to be around for more than 5 minutes IRL.

level 2

Interacting with some authors online (e.g., /u/mistborn) makes me like them and their work more.

I've learned that I pretty much need to avoid Rothfuss online, or else risk lessening my enjoyment of his (excellent) writing.

For what it's worth, I'm sure plenty of great writers have been assholes IRL, the difference is that now, the internet makes them much more accessible to their fans than at any point in human history. It's a new dimension to the author/reader relationship, and not all good.

level 3
11 points · 3 years ago

If I based all my impression of him solely on this AMA, it would really lessen my admiration for the guy.

Scrap that. It did lessen it to some extent.

However I'm not eager to jump into this 'see? He's a douche!' wagon. Not that any of you are in one too. I'd just like to give it some time and reassess with a cool head.

Personally, all my previous interactions with the guy were nice. And he came across nice in all interviews, blog texts and bits of text on his facebook page that I've had contact with.

And this is the point where my opinion cojoins yours. Internet is a whole new league we have yet to get a hold on. Maybe, maybe he's generally that cool and level-headed guy I imagine and this was just a bad timed AMA. Bad timing, bad preparation from his part.

We all have those when we feel like detroying somethin beautiful, like that quintessence American poet once said.

level 4
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5 points · 3 years ago

It's easy to be nice when people are fawning over you

level 3
4 points · 3 years ago

Honestly, overall rothfuss isn't an ass. He's probably just fed up with being pestered about book 3. Do you see all the things people post about him all the time? I'd be on my last nerve as well, asshole or not.

level 4
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19 points · 3 years ago

If he's fed up about being pestered maybe he shouldn't do an AMA in /r/books? And then bitch about it?

level 5
[deleted]
0 points · 3 years ago

Or people could ask him questions which aren't related about the release of book 3?

level 6
[deleted]
4 points · 3 years ago

They did?

level 6

Sure, then don't do an AMA in /r/books. The hint is in the title of the reddit.

level 2
Writer Ryan Howse, Reading Champion 2015-18
5 points · 3 years ago

I've met him in real life, twice, at World Fantasy. He's actually a fantastic guy to talk to. He chatted for hours with me and a few other aspiring writers, and he remembered me the next year and made time to talk to me then as well.

level 3
Worldbuilders
7 points · 3 years ago

The first world fantasy I met Pat at was in San Diego. We sat outside with Sam Sykes and talked for 4-5 hours. One of the favorite conversations I've had at World Fantasy. He's a nice guy and is pretty witty. I'm sure the comments like this (and the non-ending barrage of comments about book 3) probably make him a little bit more cynical online than he would usually be, but I'm not sure I would be able to handle it happily either. Don't mistake someone's online presence for the person behind the keyboard either. Just try to be nice and respect him, if for nothing else, because he's a descent human who does what he can to help others. (Not directed toward anyone, just a statement in general.)

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