|Reviews for An Open Letter to Crazy People|
| Crazy 2/27/13 . chapter 1
"The noises whisper, scream, yell, and they don't stop and they're never quiet. Sometimes, you think they're almost silent. Those are the good times, when you have to strain to hear the horrible things they have to say. The things you see. . . It's impossible to tell them from real things, despite how bizarre they seem."
Whatever happened to "I'm not a special snowflake" ?
| thehopefulone 2/16/13 . chapter 1
Thought provoking, and slightly moving. I hate it when people are like "ermagerd, I'm soooo crazy and different", yet... Omg never mind.
Moral of review... I liked it.
| JustThatRusher 2/9/13 . chapter 1
Wow. This was great. Really puts things into a different perspective! I understand and totally agree with you. It really irks me when people call themselves crazy as if it's a good thing. I'll show them this next time.
Job well done :)
| Petra Arkanian 2/8/13 . chapter 1
When writing a persuasive essay like the one you have here, I think it's important not to fill in your reader's emotions for him (and by him, I mean me - him used in the strictly gender-inclusive pronoun sense, though now I'm just rambling). It tends to grate on him. He doesn't tend to like it when you say, "This is how you feel." It might be EXACTLY how he feels, but he doesn't want you telling him that. For whatever reason. It offends him. And in a persuasive essay, that's the last thing you want to do to your reader. I'd stay away from phrases like, "Shh, stop whining," or filling in implied dialogue like, "Yes it is. You just don't get it. You're too normal!" If you don't assume anything specific like that about your reader, he's going to be very much more open to your opinion.
On another note, I would like to offer a counter-argument. Words often have a literal definition/use and a colloquial one. "Milking" can either mean "to extract milk from" (for example, a cow), but it can also mean "getting the most out of the situation" (for example, milking an illness to make people pander to you). There are a ton of words like this, and I think "crazy" is one of them (another example would be a certain term for a female dog, but let's not get into that one...). I don't think it's wrong or offensive to clinically crazy/insane people to speak colloquially. If it is, then I'm going to have to rework my use of the terms milking, dying, random, horrible, scary, lame, sweet, interesting, and- well, this list could go on for a while. Not saying I don't agree that true craziness is a legitimate curse (oh! two more words to add to the list!), but I think should note the existence of exaggerated and colloquial speech.
Very interesting read! As the previous reviewer said, it's something I'd never given thought to before. Thanks for stretching my mind (this is why I love the essay section!). Best of luck in all future writing endeavors!
| taraahlx 2/8/13 . chapter 1
Wow. This was good. It puts everything into a different perspective. Through this short piece, you've managed to deal with something that we don't think is important, but it actually is. You've written it very, very well. I don't really have any suggestions in order to make this better, except maybe you could improve the line spacing (: Anyway, Well done!