Reviews are for readers.
That’s what a blogger (I forgot the name) once said and I agree. Reviews are for readers because it helps them decide if they want to read/buy the book or not.
And speaking of reviews, I just want to clarify that there’s no such thing as a wrong review or a bad review. There’s only the wrong type of review readers. So here’s my two-cents about book reviews.
A facebook friend (who is a local author and a big fan or romance novels) once posted that if a reader doesn’t have anything nice to say about the book, then why say it at all?
Thank you someecards for perfectly saying what I mean to say.
I have to disagree with what she said on this matter. If we’re not talking about books, then I might say yes with what she is saying. But this is about books and books are products that needs to a customer feedback.
I can’t speak for everyone else, but I do prefer being friends or follow book reviewers who has some rant reviews or 1-3 stars reviews for a book. I’m not usually fond of reviewers who rates every book that they read a glowing 4 star or shining bright like a diamond 5 star. Like, fuck? How lucky are you, to never read a book that disgusts you or makes you angry or disappoint?
Maybe that’s not exactly what they are doing. Maybe they just don’t do a review or rate the books that they don’t like, but I still am not comfortable fangirling with those persons because how do I know that we have the same tastes or views in a book, if all that I know is “the positive side” that you are showing? I don’t make friends half way.
I’m okay with knowing that you don’t like a book that I like or you love a book that I hate, as long as you gave your reasons in your review.
I respect their review because it’s their own and some people like it. It’s their cup of tea and shot of whiskey, so who am I to say that they’re doing it wrong? But it’s difficult for me to trust the books that they recommend because one book is soo bloody awesome and the other one is so damn brilliant. Everything is good!Everything is wonderful! Unicorn poop for everyone!!
Maybe it’s just me being bitchy and my tastes runs in bitchier side, but I like people who does not hesitate to tell what they like and they don’t like.
But then again, it’s your review and it’s your business. Don’t mind the bitch over here. 🙂
What are your thoughts about positive reviews and negative reviews? Feel free to share.