Sometimes I have mid-life-blogging-crisis questions. Like: what is the point of writing negative reviews? This may be brought on by the fact that I didn’t love Trust Me I’m Lying like I hoped I would. Therefore I wrote a sad and dismal review. Therefore I had to send said sad and dismal review to a publicist.
Which is scary. And makes me sad.
It’s kind of like eating a cinnamon sugared muffin made by my mother and saying (to her face), “Ew, I don’t like it.”
It’s rude. Writing negative reviews makes me feel ungrateful.
SO WHY DO WE WRITE THEM? WHAT’S THE POINT?
In my personal (yet fabulous) opinion, I don’t think writing negative reviews should be about critiquing ANYONE. Hold your pickle pants and let me explain!
Books are art. There is no “rule” to write the Perfect Book. So, in order to score and mark a book, we’re just judging it off our own personal preferences. Plus, how many of us are professional editors? What’s to say our opinion on art is The Right And Perfect Opinion? I know for a fact that my most favourite books in the world are hated by other bookworms. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
Books are freakishly subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter.
So, Cait, if negative reviews aren’t for critiquing the author…what’s the point of them?
Oh, oh, I’m so glad you asked this, my bilinear blogglings. As with all things, I have a ginormous opinion on this matter that I definitely want to share with you.
- So people get to know our preferences. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love crime books, I adore beautiful lyrical writing, and I don’t like plots that are too complex. This is perfect for when you need to buy me presents. (I’m joking. It’s perfect for giving me book recommendations.)
- So like-minded bookworms can smoosh together. When I find bookworms who have similar tastes as me, I absolutely rejoice. Why? Because I can see what they hate and avoid it! There’s a 97% chance that if my bookish twin, Zoe, hates a book, I will hate it too. I don’t even bother with books she doesn’t like. (Saves me time.) I’m also 90% sure that if Amanda or Aimee love a book…I WILL TOO.
- So (if you’re a writer) you can learn how you DON’T want to write. I believe in learning on the job. (I am like Gobber from How To Train Your Dragon, obviously.) If you want to be an awesome writer, I think you should read all the things. I didn’t realise I hated love-triangles until I started reading them. Now I want to go back to my old fantasy book and take the love-triangle out.
- So you can discuss! Life would be like puny pea soup if we didn’t have things to discuss and disagree on. Books are food for thought. Some thoughts are dumb. It’s totally fair to talk about them.
- Not all books are created equal. Hey, it’s just a fact. But some writers have a wickedly out-of-this-world talent.
- So you can put into words your reasonings.You’d be surprised at how many people say “I don’t like that” but cannot back up why. But putting into words what we don’t like, we’re not only expressing ourselves, we’re stretching our braincells.
At the end of the day, I think we’re 100% entitled to be negative in our opinions.
And I think negative reviews do have a point. I just don’t think we need to be critiquing the author. Just because we didn’t like the author doesn’t mean they write badly.
Obviously these are my opulent opinions and, though they be fabulous, I’m in desperate need of yours.
why do you think we need negative reviews?? what do you think of my views? am i way off? do you think we should critique authors? why do you personally write/blog about books you didn’t like?
Cait also blogs about books she didn’t like because she receives books free for review. She’s still gotta review ’em, even if she didn’t like ’em. (And also negative reviews can be fun to write. WHAT?! It’s the truth.) Currently Cait is reading and screaming and swooning and FLAILING over Ensnaredby A.G. Howard. She’s 50% in and it’s PERFECTION.