|Dear Amazon, It's only worth half a star...|
To writers, they are manna. Getting feedback from their readers is crucially important to most authors. After all, we don’t write for ourselves, we write in the hope that others will receive some enjoyment from our efforts. And if we can make a living out of pleasing people in that way, the vast majority of writers will describe that being in or very close to heaven.
|You hated my book that much, huh?|
But there seem to be some reviewers who turn the review process into something similar to hate mail. They use it to attack, not to inform, explain, enlighten etc. When it comes to books, there are some readers who think nothing of attacking a writer’s skill because the book didn’t live up to their expectations in the first chapter and therefore they didn’t bother reading any further. I’ve seen such reviews and can only feel pity for the writer who probably spent the best part of a year writing something for some impatient reader to slander in five minutes. And I say slander because some negative reviews are exactly that.
But then there is this other category of negativity that helps neither party. I recently received a review which said, quite simply and succinctly:
“This book sucked and I can't believe I read it all the way through.”
What is anyone to make of that? Hopefully, like me, potential readers might not believe it either. Why would someone bother to read 200 pages of a book that “sucked”? I just want to ask this reviewer what it was that kept them turning the pages. I’d ask her: What “sucked” but kept you “sucked” into its pages all the way through? Tell us more, please!
|I couldn't get past the first chapter...|
Recently I saw a 1* review written by someone who hadn’t even bought the book being reviewed (no, not mine, thank goodness) because s/he didn’t like what they saw from the ‘Look inside’ feature. Next thing we know we’ll be seeing 1* reviews because someone didn’t like the look of the cover.
|Some people are so hard to please...|