Hey everyone, welcome back to another post participating in the Let’s Talk Bookish meme hosted by JR at Eternity Books. Today’s is about whether it’s okay for authors to respond harshly to negative reviews about their books. Surprisingly, I actually have mixed views on this one.
Sometimes when I read negative book reviews, I think they go a bit too far and are speaking harshly and even rudely towards the authors. Sometimes I think book reviewers forget how much love, work and dedication a book takes, and how it’s actually really hard to write one (as a writer for several years now, this is something I know first-hand!).
So even though a new author may be unable to write a book as good as some of your favourites such as The Hunger Games or Divergent or whatever else it may be, I think they should still be given some credit and respect for at least trying. Amazing authors aren’t born over night, they happen over a long period of trying – their first books aren’t going to be amazing, and that is to be expected. It’s only natural.
It’s always important to mention in a book you dislike that this “personally just didn’t work for you”. It’s really not nice to go around calling books “terrible”, implying that no one could like them. Everyone is different and everyone has different opinions, and when I read some negative reviews I feel like the reviewer fails to acknowledge this. It also sometimes conveys a sense of arrogance – like the reviewer thinks their opinion is more important than everyone else’s and that this book can be nothing but “terrible”.
In these cases, I think it is fitting for both the author and other reviewers even, to call out the reviewer who wrote the review and just remind them to be respectful. I think it would then be even more fitting if the reviewer then realised their mistake and apologised to the author.
Otherwise, I do realise that there are some cases where the author is the one who is just being plain rude in circumstances where that is completely uncalled for, and of course that is just completely unacceptable.
So these are my thoughts! What are yours? 🙂