In an announcement to the Guardian, Winterson mentioned: “Every of these books was doing one thing completely different on the time, each with kind and content material.
“The Ardour was each a method of reimagining the historic novel and it had a cross dressed narrator. Written on the Physique had a non-binary narrator. The Powerbook was an early digital and blended actuality expertise, that bent time in addition to gender. The blurbs had none of this and turned the books into the tame and the apparent. A good friend mentioned, ‘God, you sound like Mills & Boon!’
“The publishers are fixing the issue however these usually are not copies I wish to maintain. I gave most of them away to charity however wanted a symbolic burning to boost my spirits. I’m the author I’m. However I wouldn’t purchase considered one of my books with these suburban blurbs.
“I’m fast tempered as individuals know. However I come again down fairly fast too and see the humorous facet. I used to be incandescent on the time.”
Individuals had been fast to criticise the e-book burning, calling her boastful and a literary snob for her judgement of ‘ladies’s fiction’. One Twitter consumer accused the creator of “internalised misogyny”, whereas others mentioned it was clearly a publicity stunt as publishers “virtually actually” despatched Winterson an e-mail exhibiting her the blurb for approval earlier than printing.
This ‘symbolic’ e-book burning hasn’t earned her many followers, simply many confused and aggravated readers.