Last Week’s Discussion:
Negative Book Reviews
I have heard quite a bit of talk in the Blog-o-sphere about writing negative book reviews. After all, not every book is amazing. Not every book is even good. So, how do book reviewers and bloggers handle those books? Do they write the negative review or do they just push the book aside and pretend like it’s not there? Let’s see what the discussioners had to say!
“My slightly sadistic side very often revels in reading a well-written snarky review, they can be very fun. I’m one of those readers who put aside books I’m not enjoying, so I don’t often write negative reviews myself.”
“Sometimes negative reviews are a lot easier to write than positive ones, just because I have a very specific idea of what I’m going to address. Whereas if I really liked/loved a book, I just don’t know how to express those feelings as well.”
“I don’t do book reviews, positive or negative, but I do try and remember to star-rate them on Good reads and I’m not afraid to leave a one star to indicate it was terrible. I will also give my honest opinion if asked!”
From the sounds of it, reviewers, readers, and bloggers alike don’t mind negative book reviews. Some find them easier to write. Some people actually enjoy them, but it seems we all agree that they’re necessary. They’re necessary for readers to know what not to read and for writers to learn how to improve, but remember: a negative review doesn’t have to be rude.
Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST:
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