After watching the Real Housewives of New York City Hashtag BookGate on Hashtag Bravo (Hashtag Watch What Happens) I have determined the following:
- Aviva wanted Carole to validate her writing
- Aviva wanted Carole to use her connections and reputation to help market her memoir
- Aviva was offended because none of this happened
- Aviva went on the attack because of it
“No one writes their own book!” Aviva exclaimed to Sonja, Kristen and Total Rando Image Consultant Lady Who Wanted to be On Television. The thing is, though, people do. Lots and lots of people write their own books. They might not edit them, but there is a big difference between authoring a piece of writing and revising a piece of writing. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out that Aviva’s personal mission to destroy Carole’s reputation as an author came from a very ugly, jealous place. She wanted to feel like an equal and she wasn’t.
But more than that, I’m convinced that she wanted to use Carole’s cred as a writer to endorse her own “career.” Hearing Aviva yell, “You are not a well wisher!” over and over again as they fought at Aviva’s housewarming party was just sad. Carole definitely overreacted (and the “never worked outside the home” comment was out of line) but I think she smelled Aviva’s desperate attempt to use her from a mile away. So good for her, for not letting it happen. Especially since, as Aviva now admits, none of it was worth a damn thing.
In her most recent blog post, Aviva admits to not only thinking the entire BookGate fight was stupid, but that she didn’t write the infamous memoir, Leggy Blonde, on her own. She opens with, “First of all, in the history of all the Real Housewives, everywhere, I officially declare this the STUPIDEST FIGHT EVER.” Well, yes honey, but it was a fight that you started. She goes on:
WHO CARES? Who actually wrote the Bible? Did Homer have help onThe Iliad and The Odyssey (Was there even a guy names Homer? I mean, other than Simpson)? Was Gordon Lish a co-writer of many of Raymond Carver’s stories, or merely the editor (and is editing every really “merely?”)? Who cares?
But the real kick in the ass is that she admits that Carole did write What Remains, but she did not author Leggy Blonde:
OK, I will once and for all, answer Carole’s burning question, “Did I writeLeggy Blonde all by myself?” All by myself? No way. I wrote the initial draft then continued working on it with my own superb team, and I don’t think I could have written the book without them — certainly it wouldn’t be the same. I didn’t thank them on the title page; I did in the Acknowledgements but still, regrettably, probably left out a couple of dozen. I admire Carole for doing her book all by herself; it’s a huge task. It was for me anyway.
I’ll say it again: Aviva’s entire attack on Carole came from a very obviously jealous place, and when Carole didn’t jump on the Leggy Blonde promotion bandwagon, Aviva’s claws came out. I don’t know what she expected to accomplish here, but I don’t think it did her book any favors. Interesting tidbit, by the way: Leggy Blonde was released on February 25, 2014. There is a spree of (obviously paid for) 4-5 star reviews on Amazon from February 26-28…and then it’s basically all negative. Even before BookGate began. So, yeah. I don’t think it did her book any favors at all, and it looks like Leggy Blonde needed all the help it could get.