If you weren’t on Twitter yesterday you may have missed the debate which is currently occurring on my Wolf Hall post. I have been accused of not:
My critic goes on to say that:
Several other people were subjected to more abusive comments on their negative reviews yesterday – all by different people. I’m not sure what was happening yesterday, but there was a lot of bad feeling flying around.
I stand by my decision to write negative reviews for books. The quotes I pulled from the book may not be representative of the text overall, but do explain exactly why I did not enjoy reading it.
I should perhaps make it clearer that my ratings are no indication of the quality of the book, but are purely based on how much I enjoyed reading it. There are lots of people who love reading Wolf Hall, and they in turn probably don’t enjoy reading the same books as me. There are millions of books out there, so it is great that we all enjoy reading different ones.
The blogging community has emerged so that like minded people can join together and discuss the books we’ve read. I think it is a shame that more people don’t write negative reviews, as I find it much easier to determine whether my taste in books matches someone elses if the complete range of books they’ve read is on display. As long as the review is not abusive or an attack on the author, then it can only help people to discover books they enjoy, therefore encourage more reading. I know that since I have found people whose recommendations I trust, the quality and therefore quantity of books I’ve read had increased massively.
I really hope that the abusive comments that were flying around yesterday do not prevent people from giving honest opinions on the books they’ve read.
How do you feel about negative reviews?
Do you think there is anything important to mention when writing negative reviews?
Were you put off writing negative reviews after reading the abusive comments others received yesterday?