Friday, 28 December 2012
Book reviews and why I will never write a negative one...
But you will see the odd review up on here and they will only ever be positive ones. This is not because I am easily pleased or because I am biased in some way. There are several reasons why you will only ever see 4 or 5 star reviews on here:
1. Very simply, I try and only read books I know I'll enjoy. Ergo, I don't often have bad stuff to say about a book.
2. Unfortunately, there is an element within the author community that is spiteful and revengeful. This is the such a small minority - most authors are lovely and will bend over backwards for you - but I would be putting my own books at risk by writing a negative review under my name.
3. I don't believe in spreading negative reviews over the internet. There are blogs that are there to actively help people decide which books to read and that is fine but that's not what my blog is about. If I write a negative review, it will only ever be posted where I bought the book. That way, hopefully, people can see my review, alongside others and make an informed decision. A negative review stood on its own will only serve to encourage negativity towards that author. Not everyone likes the same things and I've seen many of these negative reviews receive responses such as 'Well, I'm never going to bother looking at that author then.' This is unfair. My one opinion should be weighed up against others, not taken as the be all and end all.
4. Finally, I try and be constructive in my reviews. I can very often pick out good things in a book, in spite of its flaws. This means its rare I leave less than 3 stars. I have left the odd 2 star review with ideas on how the story could be improved. I try and be fair. I will never, ever go down the route of leaving a one star review with a mere one line of explanation. Thankfully, I've never had to leave a one star review. The vast majority of my reviews are positive.
You will notice, if you follow me on Goodreads, that the same applies there. I don't rate all the books I read. One, because of the retaliation. It's so easy for someone to click one star on an authors titles and also I don't like the ease in which you can leave a negative star rating without so much as an explanation. I struggle a little with Goodreads on the whole, as it takes some of the humanity out of reading. Some authors push themselves over the forums and you'll often see threads of malicious words after someone has left a negative review, bitching about a book that they've not even attempted to read.
I'm all for honest opinions. When written properly, they can help both the author and the reader but, personally, I don't feel my opinion is important enough that I need publicise it. I will express it, in the right place and in the right manner.
That is, as long as Amazon continues to let me do so...
Posted by Samantha Holt at 00:00