After Time Magazine and the NY Times made a big fuss over Franzen's new book, Freedom, Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner and a few other authors posted on Twitter about their own experiences (or non-experiences) with the Times. Basically, they feel that the Times is being run by white males who are focusing their positive reviews (and pretty much all of their reviews) on other white males. Picoult's books have been given poor reviews in the past by the NYT.
Picoult wrote "NYT raved about Franzen's new book. Is anyone shocked? Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren't white male literary darlings."
And Weiner added "Carl Hiaasan doesn't have to choose between getting a Times review and being a bestseller. Why should I? Oh right #girlparts."
You can check out an interview with Picoult and Weiner here.
The question I'd like to discuss is not whether or not the NYT or Time Magazine or anyone else shows preference to white males. That is being discussed EVERYWHERE right now, and there are people who are much more knowledgable to lead those debates. My question is whether or not it is in bad form for authors to complain about other authors getting good reviews. Honestly my first thought when reading all this was that whether or not the NYT is right or wrong, Picoult and Weiner aren't doing themselves any good publicity favors by publicly posting their sour grapes. What do you think? Is it tacky for an author to put down another author's good review?