A frustrated reader whose means of fixing grammar errors are less than conventional.
Seventeen gruesome murders were reported across the United States, within a span of six months. Ohio, Minnesota, Arkansas and several other states were hit. There was one clear connection among victims, they were all book authors. While media was decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement was playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remained elusive and secretive. Things got very interesting, however, when one day she decided to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat. Her reason for being on this show was not a quest for fame, but something much more disturbing.
Title: Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer
Author: Ryan Suvaal
Publication: January 14, 2019
Target audience: Adult
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I am just a run-of-the-mill reader who has been very frustrated reading unedited manuscripts all her life.
Well… that and a serial killer.
Grazine (as she calls herself) is fed up with all the writers that are unable to use the correct grammar. It pisses her off so much that she leaves an edited copy of their books next to their corpses. Because, y’know, she also kills the authors.
And I will be leaving detailed notes of your typos, mistakes etc. here, which you can read in your afterlife.
This is a very short but also a very funny story. Sure, you’ve got to be into dark humour, but if you are then this one is for you.
Grazine’s issue with grammatical errors in books is understandable. Nothing is worse than that, especially when even non-native English speakers (me) can spot them and are bothered by them. And yet, it’s still a ridiculous reason for murdering a person, which makes this whole concept so fucking hilarious.
But when you did not respect me as a reader, WHY SHOULD I RESPECT YOU AS A WRITER?
This story could’ve been really good, but most of it is told in interview style. Talking about murders just isn’t the same thing as experiencing them. I would’ve preferred to see more of Grazine and her ranting about books to writers. Unfortunately, the main part itself – the chat – was my least favourite part.
I just hope that the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer does not come after non-native English speaker reviewers. Please.
Have you read this book? Do grammatical errors bother you as much as they bother Grazine? Let me know down below in the comments!