How I feel about Negative Book Attention

I just wanted to share some thoughts that I had going on in regards to the concept of negative book reviews. I woke up to Twitter exploding with different conversations going on and a range of comments being made pertaining to the topic – do you tell the author you didn’t like their book?

I only put this disclaimer on my site last night – thinking I needed to specify my stand on negative reviews.

“I don’t enjoy book bashing. I may personally steer away from particular genres, but I will not write anything negative about a book or an author on my site. I believe everyone has a personal preference of what they like, and in no way is that a reflection on the author’s work”

And I whole heartedly support my statement.

Being a member of the “book review and blogging” community, I understand that people think it is their duty/right to use their sites as a form of communication and a platform, where they can share their own personal thoughts and opinions (this post for example). I may not agree, but I do support people that want to put up reviews/ratings of books that are not always positive BUT there needs to be a common understanding. Whether we want to admit it or not there should be rules and regulations, concerning the social/appropriate etiquette of book reviewing. We need to remember that we are using the internet as our platform and walking a fine line of being a book reviewer and participating in online cyber bullying.

REVIEWING 101

DO NOT TAG THE AUTHOR WHEN BEING NEGATIVE

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REVIEW AND VERBALLY BASHING THE AUTHOR

USE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “I HATED THIS BOOK, THE AUTHOR DID A TERRIBLE JOB” AND “SCIENCE FICTION ISNT USUALLY SOMETHING I GRAVITATE TO, THEREFORE I FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO GET THE HANG OF…”

When an author puts their heart and soul into their work and opens themselves up to the public, the last thing they need is somebody telling them that it wasn’t good enough. More so, the question is since when were our opinions gospel? Writing is so subjective and responses are hugely based on perception, I feel like I missed the memo as to when my likes and dislikes were more superior to somebody else’s?

Authors write what they are interested in and readers/reviewers/bloggers should read what they’re interested in. I believe writing good reviews/blogs, lies in how passionate you are in what you like and believe – not how well you criticize.

It is that simple!

Much Love People

Beaute’ De Livres

V xx