Bloggers afraid of writing negative reviews12:00 AM
underlying image is not my own What do your elf eyes see, SJ? *flips blonde hair* The bloggers are going to Isengard. Before I div...
underlying image is not my own
What do your elf eyes see, SJ?
*flips blonde hair* The bloggers are going to Isengard.
Before I dive into this post, I want to be clear about my tone here- I'm not criticizing anyone specifically, or our blogging system as a whole. I'm not saying that this situation presented is the situation for everyone. I am saying that this issue is something I have noticed trending in various bloggers and the occasional author. I'm just making an observation, and I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this too.
The situation I'm talking about is (some) bloggers are afraid to post negative reviews. (some) Authors are now reading negative reviews and contacting the bloggers about it.
When did this become a thing??
When did this become a thing??
Let's break it down
if any of you read that in a Miranda Sings' voice then you my bae
I've been reading around, and on more than one occasion I have read posts saying some of the following
- I'm afraid to hurt the author's feelings if I post a negative review, so I don't post it at all.
- What if the author gets angry?
- What if somebody disagrees with me and tries to prove their point against me?
- What if what I'm saying is wrong?
- What if I'm too harsh in my review?
What if God was one of us?♩♩♩
Also on the blogosphere are some horror stories. I've been reading articles lately, and posts, and I ran into some crazy tales
- One author read a negative review and contacted the blogger asking them what they did to offend the reviewer
- Another author stalked a blogger, called her at work, and went to her home because she gave her a one star (Initially it was because of a bad review. Then things got out of hand when the author couldn't handle it. Read that story here straight from the author herself).
- Authors reading one star reviews in general
Up until now, I've always been under the impression that a review is an honest evaluation on why or why not a book was good. Reviews are for readers consumption. Reviews warn a person against a book, explain the book, praise the book...ect. They are meant to have some structure to them, but in the end, it's all an opinion of why that one person does or does not like a book.
Reviews are not for the author to read. I know that this strongly encouraged guideline exists out there. Authors aren't supposed to read their negative reviews. They can read praise, but it is a very bad idea to read negative reviews. Most reviews come with a warning if they didn't like a book. There are stars to indicate their overall opinion of the story. There are (on Goodreads) warnings for author accounts to not comment on reviews of their books. Occasionally an author will stumble upon a bad review, or someone will shove it in their face, but for the most part bad reviews are avoidable.
In the end, I think bloggers are in their rights to be afraid to publish their negative reviews. Because not only are authors freaking out about their one stars, but fellow readers get aggressively protective over their favorite reads as well. Having anxiety over the opinions of offended readers and authors is perfectly called for. But I guess my concluding, main point of a question would be: am I just noticing some of the outlying crazies? Or is this unprofessional handling of bad reviews becoming a trend? Have you noticed it too? Or are my elf eyes requiring glasses?
Side note: In my opinion, a blogger's basic job, if you will, is to be honest about books. They should be free to say what they think without having to duck the blows of outraged readers and authors. We should encourage honesty, not bully it into an oppressive write-positive-reviews-or-face-public-humiliation corner.