This post is inspired by the BBTC twitter feed this week; one of the topics for conversation was negative reviews. Now as far as I am concerned, the whole point of a review is say how a book affected you personally. If you hated it, rant on and and tell me why. If you loved it, share the love.
I have seen some great snarky reviews on other sites; some so good they made me splutter my coffee. And I have seen some poorly written ones that just don’t hit the mark. For me personally, I’m not a snarky person in real life so if I tried to do that in a review, it would come across as fake and over dramatic and just not me. So for that reason, if you are looking for the snark, you are on the wrong blog!
No one can love all the books and no one can hate all the books. When I see a site that’s too much one way or the other, I’ll be asking myself questions and doubt I’ll be hanging around too long. Another trend that I have heard about but not seen personally is where an author starts to rebut a negative review. That does not impress me, I think they need to back off and grow a thicker skin. A review is just a personal opinion, no more, no less.
As long as you are reviewing the book and things in the book and not the author, I’m happy to laugh along if you have well made points. If you are knocking the author personally, that won’t work for me and I’ll be on my way as fast as my mouse can click as that’s just unnecessary and smacks of bullying. However, snark when used properly is a very effective way of getting your point across. I think it is a skill all by itself and if you are a snarker, I will probably be reading your blog in envy wishing I could do that. Sadly, much as I would like to be, I’m just not in that cool, witty gang.