One would think that someone who has been writing as long as she has -- and putting her work out into the market -- would have a more grown-up attitude to criticism. No one ever likes everything you do. The best you can ask for is a balanced review from someone who understands what it is that you are trying to accomplish as a writer. Which is what she got.
It's the level of anger that truly disturbs me here -- and in the link to the page about Maureen Dowd that I clicked through to on the same site. OK, Dowd's critique of chick lit is anger-driven and a tad bitter, but then we have the following: "Lauren Lipton remarks, "Here's a gal whose livelihood is based on a tiresome catty-chick schtick; reading her column is like being forced to listen to some endlessly snippy, shallow sorority girl."
Since when did criticism become so scornful? When did people begin feeling entitled to lash out violently and publicly at criticism they don't like? I've had people diss my reviews on Amazon; if they leave a comment, I try and respond to their criticism in rational terms and explain why I said what I did. It only works about 5% of the time. The rest of the time, it's as if it makes people feel good to cling to their anger.
And yeah, I put any author who reacts this way onto a personal blacklist.