This week’s discussion is a topic that genuinely bothers me.
Now, I know that everyone has the books they don’t like. Or even books they actually hate with a passion. And that’s fine.
But what bothers me, is when people hate on those books…
What I mean by “hating on books”
I mean the sort of people who explain their opinions in a really disrespectful and rude way. The sort of people who write negative reviews full of hurtful comments.
“Why was this book ever allowed to be published?”
“This is the worst book I have ever read in my life.”
“The editors should be sacked for ever allowing this to exist.”
“Please never write another book.”
These are all phrases I’ve actually seen way too often in negative reviews. And when I do see them, it bothers me so, so much.
Of course, as book reviewers, there will be times where we have to write a negative review. But I just can’t help but think there’s a “right” way to do it.
Just think – that author would have spent years working on that book. The determination they must have had to actually complete an entire novel. The nervousness they would have gone through when handing their work to a publisher, getting the editor’s comments back, actually having other people read their words.
So I don’t understand how people can hate on books. How can people say such hurtful comments in their reviews? Because I know that if I had managed to write a book and send it out into the world, any comments like that would stick with me.
Again, of course there will be negative reviews. But these should be written politely, and in an understanding way. Sure, say how much you really didn’t like it. But explain why, and word it carefully.
Rather than saying
“I hate this book, how does it even exist?”
say something along the lines of
“I really didn’t like this book. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style; it just wasn’t for me. But I’m sure other people will enjoy it.”
Personally, I just think there’s a limit – a sort of border – to expressing your opinion, and being downright rude.
So what do you think?
Should reviewers share their opinions in any way they like?
Or do you think there’s a method to writing negative reviews?
Have you ever seen someone hate a book so much it surprised you?
Or how do you personally handle writing negative reviews?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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