I saw this over on Borrowing Heaven, Subletting Hell. I couldn't stop watching. The music is awesome, the dancing is terrrific and the legs. Holy cow, the legs! So jealous. Yep, I said it. Jealous.
In the RWR this month (December) there is an article about jealousy versus envy and the emotional impact of each.
I think it's important to remember why you're doing what you're doing. If you're writing and you're the competitive type, this isn't the industry for you. Everyone in the publishing world says "reading is subjective". Most rejections are based on this principle. Many agents and editors will say - Just because the story didn't grab me, doesn't mean it won't grab someone else". And of course readers are the utmost in subjective examples.
Have you ever had a friend suggest a book to you which you then went on to hate? Or a movie? Or music? How do you establish the success of that item? Based on your likes or your friends? Also, Twilight, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games are wildly popular - but only to a certain reader. I adored all three and my husband is rather ho-hum about each (he wouldn't be if he would read them!).
But the point is - how can a person be jealous of another when everything in this business is subjective? Someone else's success may be appealing from the outside, but we have no idea what it looks like from the inside.
Do you think I'm way off base?