Here is another of my sporadic personalish posts; this one has more feeling from me but also probably won't be very eloquent, because I just don't think I write that way.
So...anyway, I am reading a book called 'Romancing Miss Bronte' by: Juliet Gael and it sort of tugged at a something in me and I decided to post about it....Negative Reviews *Jaws theme song in the background*
In this book an author receives a negative review to her work, but it wasn't only a negative review it also contained stabs at her spinsterhood and childlessness (which were big deals in the era of the book) but the impact the review had on the author made me so sad...and I was thinking about this and the responsibility us bloggers and reviewers take on when we write a book review. We take on an authors entire world for a short period of time...we take on something that means so much more to them than it does to us even if we do love the book.
Negative reviews are something that I do not believe in; I believe in being constructive not negative. I always like to post at least one thing I enjoyed about the book (there is always at least one thing) and then I like to share why I didn't think the book worked for me, and then continue on with a small snippet of who it could or might work for. I critique the writing and the story and never ever make a poke at the author, at all, in any possible sense...even if they might be a jerk (sometimes it happens) but the entire world doesn't need to know the depth of their unprofessionalism...it will just make you look bad.
I don't know many bloggers who truly write negative reviews, and usually if I see that I won't read them anymore. I see truly negative and just mean reviews in publications and stuff like that, and it still just makes me sad...anyway...I think I have rambled long enough and I know people post about this all the time but...this is how I feel and I am sharing. Feel free to comment on your own opinions and views! I would love to hear them.
P.S. No there is nothing going around the blogosphere, no drama or anything, I was truly thinking about this from the crushing sense the author made me feel when I was reading her work and her characters feelings.
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