I want to talk about something that is kind of a touchy subject today. This is something that came up the other day in the Yahoo Group that I operate, Romance Book Bloggers, bad comments and bad reviews.
Bad blog comments...
Do you ever get bad comments on your blog? I know that I never have gotten one but heard recently that a friend of mine got a bad comment on a review that she posted that was degrading towards the author and had a ton of spoilers in it. What would you do in this situation? Would you delete the post? Comment back? If so, what would you say? I know that I would tell them that all comments and opinions are respected, however comments such as this are not allowed and therefore was deleted.
Now onto bad reviews....
I once saw a 1 star review on Amazon for an absolutely amazing book. I thought "how did this book get 1 star?" I had to go check it out. The reviewer hadn't even read the book :( Her 1 star rating was based on the fact that the publisher had to move around release dates and she wasn't able to get the book in a timely manner. WTF?!?! Really!? You DO NOT write a review and rate a book badly based on that. That, in my opinion, is unprofessional and rude. However....I understand the frustration in this situation. If you have a problem like this I feel that the publisher themselves should be contacted personally and last resort, email the author. What do you think of this situation? What would you do?
There is a certain author, who just got New York Times Best Selling, two books in a row, I might add, that continues to get horrible reviews from one specific reviewer. Some of you might know who I am talking about and if that is the case, please keep names anonymous. My question is, why would you continue to read a series if you think they are that bad? Is there a certain appeal to reading a bad book? If I don't enjoy a book/series/author I just don't read them anymore. I don't continue to give bad reviews. Honestly I don't normally give bad reviews period. The lowest score I will give publicly is a 3. If my feelings about a book are worse then that, I will contact the author, tell them, explain why, and then ask if they want me to post my review or not. What do you do?
This is one of those topics that I could go on and on about. Bad reviews/comments really piss me off and I don't understand how some people can be so rude and hurtful. I know first hand that you can give a negative review and still have it be positive in the author's eyes. You have to have tact and you need to put yourself in the author's shoes and think "Would I want that said about me?" If the answer is no, then don't say it. Rephrase it to say the same thing in a way that is courteous and respectful.
I understand that this is a very controversial subject and it might raise some hairs. Please understand that these are my opinions and my opinions only and I know that not everyone feels the same way as me. Please keep comments respectful or they will be deleted.
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