This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while – The fear of including negativity in book reviews. As reviewers, your audience relies on you to tell the truth, and for the most part, we do. But it is extremely easy to ONLY review the books that you adored, the 5 out of 5 stars, the creme de la creme of the reading experience. I was exactly the same myself, especially after receiving an off hand comment from an author following a semi-negative review I’d given in one of my videos back in the day. I don’t believe I’d tagged them so how they found it, I do not know, but it definitely put me off instilling any form of negativity into my reviews.
I think it goes without saying that if you’re posting a review of a book you didn’t like, don’t tag the author, that’s just basic etiquette. That book was the result of the author’s hard work, endless cups of coffee and numerous revisions so just because you didn’t like it, doesn’t mean that they personally need to know. No one is going to have the same opinion, which is what makes art such a versatile form, it’s open to interpretation by all who read it, obviously with the exception of the rare few who create purposefully offensive material.
I guess this post is my vow to be honest in my reviews, not brutal, not bitchy, but be constructive as a reviewer and explain the parts of the story, or the characters that I didn’t personally gel with, but opening the door for those who may connect with the book in a better way I did.
There will always be the chance of backlash, but I believe as long as a review is structured in an honest way that is also impartial and fair, it will promote readership regardless of the overall star rating.
I’ve spoken to many other bloggers who were fearful of this as well as myself, so I thought it’d be an interesting topic to consider on my short break this afternoon.
Any comments or thoughts on this would be useful, lets take away the fear of negativity and embrace impartiallity into reviewing, and stick together!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful afternoon.
Thanks for listening!