Discussion: Do You Comment on Negative Reviews of Favorite Books or Authors?

Posted May 18th, 2016 by in Discussions / 4 comments


A few weeks ago I read a review of a book I had read by a favorite author. I was excited to read what a blogger I follow thought of the book so I opened the post in my browser ready to gush with them about how great Author A’s writing is. That is not what happened. At. All. In fact I would go so far as to say this blogger bashed the author personally in the review.

I was ready to rumble. I mean was I supposed to just sit back and watch someone bad mouth not only a favorite book, but also a favorite author? My thumbs flew over the keys. That is until I realized she’s entitled to her opinion no matter how wrong I think she is.

As a society I think we’ve completely abandoned the concept of agree to disagree. I put aside the idea of informing the blogger of all the reasons I thought she was wrong. I probably would have lost a friendship and only made myself look bad publicly. You see her blog is her space and she is absolutely entitled to her opinion. It doesn’t matter that it is vastly different from mine.

My question this week:

Do you comment on negative reviews of your favorites?



4 Responses to “Discussion: Do You Comment on Negative Reviews of Favorite Books or Authors?”

    • Stephanie

      Yeah I pretty much went through the same process. Lol! I didn’t need to be stirring up drama and it wasn’t the end of my world if she didn’t like it. 🙂

  1. Beth W

    Well, kudos to you for respecting difference of opinion! I hate when people start drama over those differences because, you’re right, everyone is entitled to believe what they want. Personally, I think it’s bad form to bash an author if you didn’t like their book. They may be the crappiest writer in the world, but that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with them as a person, and confusing talent/skill with personality is also something people seem to do a lot (with actors, musicians, politicians, etc.) that I think it a mistake.

    Usually, my reaction is out loud, alone, that way I get a chance to vent my frustration without seeming to disrespect them or their opinion. I will say, I do appreciate a negative review about a book if it’s got good criticism (which is specific, and weighs the good as well as the bad) because it’s helped me avoid books I would otherwise DNF. But just a glut of negativity splashed across Goodreads or a blog is….well, pointless. :/

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    • Stephanie

      Exactly! Because the author wrote a character a certain way I felt the blogger made a sweeping assumption about how the author felt on a hot topic.

      I agree whole-heartedly. I thought the blogger had some good thoughts but they were just lost in the anger and assumptions. 🙁 But to each their own!

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