As an unpublished author, writing book reviews is hard. Not the positive reviews, because everyone wants to see those. But there are times when there’s a book I just hate so much that I absolutely cannot find anything good to say about it, and that’s when a book review is the most difficult thing I’ll ever write.
The first problem is largely that you may inadvertently piss off a future colleague, and some of them might just end up taking it personally. Even worse, some, in retaliation, will slam your book with negative reviews for no other reason than you gave their’s one star. On the other hand, there are some pretty classy authors out there. Some of you may remember my Mistress of review. Long story short, I largely loved the book but despised the main character. And although Kate Quinn and I have a lot in common in terms of themes and writing styles, I included my displeasure of the main character in the review, knowing that Kate is active on goodreads. Do you know the happy ending to this story? She actually clicked like on my review. Thus proving my point that there are classy authors out there, and she’s one of them, so you should support her books.
Then there is the issue that if you give a negative review to a popular book, clearly the only reason why you didn’t like it was because you’re full of sour grapes that the other person is published and you’re not. Perhaps some of you might even feel that way. So, here’s the time for the other story. I hate Twilight. I read the first one, saw the first movie, and decided it just wasn’t for me. Not to mention Stephenie Meyer and I have vastly different world views. Sour grapes, right? Wrong, because I loved The Host. Unfortunately, I read it before I was doing reviews, so I don’t have proof, but just believe me when I say my dirty little secret is that I loved The Host. Like, loved it to the point of “When’s the movie coming out?” love. Logistically, I can’t be jealous of Stephenie Meyer’s success and get so giddy over one of her other books.
The point I hope you take away from this, is that when I give a negative review to a book, it has nothing to do with how I feel about the author. If I give a negative review to a book, it’s because it’s a bad book in my opinion. Case in point, I wasn’t too fond of His Last Duchess, but I still gave it three stars because it was a good book. Maybe if I would just stick to tv and gaming coverage, I wouldn’t put myself in this predicament.
How do all the other authors out there feel about giving negative reviews?
- Review: Mistress of Rome (lynnebubbles.wordpress.com)