I’ve been blogging about books for three years and I still don’t know what to do about the negative review. When I post one, I have a weird feeling for days afterward. I worry, have I offended the author? Did I misunderstand the book? Am I being too sensitive? Too much of a know-it-all? Should I stay away from genres I don’t like and only read the books I know I’m going to gush about?
I wonder, what’s the proper way to express dislike and should I even try? If you’ve ever read some of the negative reviews on Amazon, you will know how people make a sport out of trashing books. I try not to be like that, but I’m sure I have been.
I have a personality and I like to say what I think. I try not be like the movie reviewer who gives a thumbs up to every single movie ever made. But who am I to say that the characters were flat or the plot was unrealistic? If you’ve read my Friday Fiction you will know that I fall way short in both areas!
These days I’m a little older and wiser so now I work hard to say something positive about what I’ve read, even if I don’t care for the whole book. People work hard to get their books in print – I’m sensitive to that.
But if something is offensive or insulting, I feel a responsibility to speak up. Isn’t that what readers of book reviews want to know? I’m not always sure. I think people should make up their own minds about what they read and how they feel about it. I guess that’s what I’m doing. What do you think?
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