Thursday, February 10, 2011

Think About It Thursday (11): The Vlog That Once Was, But Now Isn't

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I filmed a vlog on Tuesday about bloggers, negative reviews, and the reactions about them and had fully intended on posting it today as my Think About It Thursday topic, but now, I think it would only add fuel to an already burning fire.

There's been some serious hoopla about negative reviews lately and I had wanted to address it. My opinion is that negative reviews are fine. Bloggers can write negative reviews that do not attack the author. They can, they do, and they will continue to. My reviews are (generally) all positive because I read books that I think I'll like; and mostly I do. But it is possible to write a review that is negative, but not malicious. It happens everyday. The fact is, no one person is going to like every single book he/she reads. It is an impossibility.

So the reason I did not post the vlog is because yesterday - while I was in NYC have a blast with some amazing authors - there was an uproar on twitter regarding an author calling out some bloggers on their negative reviews. I'm not going to rehash it here, but the point I want to get across is that authors put so much into their stories and I, you, he, she, that person in the corner may not like it and that is okay. It's okay to say you don't like and it's okay to even share that opinion. Because, regardless of whether or not you run a review blog and share that opinion online, it's your opinion and you are fully entitled to it.

One thing I have learned over the past year or so blogging is that we book bloggers are a family. We may not always get along with each other, but we do not tolerate malicious comments or accusations, and authors are exactly the same way. They are their own family and, in a way, we are their extended family.

That being said, I'd like to see all of us get along. I'd like to get through an entire week where I don't see someone bitching out someones else or Twitter going crazy because someone opened their mouth and inserted their foot. In the end, we're all here because we share a common interest: books. So let's promote the books we love, gush  I about the authors we adore, and be professional for everything else.

I know of some bloggers who only post their positive reviews and that doesn't bother me at all, but I'd hate to see someone compromise their own opinions and beliefs based on the fact or idea that an author or publisher will turn around and bad mouth them or stop sending books for review.

Agree? Disagree? Do you post negative reviews or choose not to? Do you foresee any way for the book blogging/author/publishing community to peacefully coexist with no real vitriol flying around?


Kylie1403 said...

I think that if bloggers are being honest and tasteful of how they word it then they shouldn't at all fear telling how they fear!

And author and publishers role is to provide a service and a blogger in a sence is a customer. there will not always been happy customers and the authors and publishers should hear what is being said not bad mouth

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I think that negative reviews, when thoroughly explained and not ripping a book apart are helpful, to be honest. And, frankly, if we've bought the book, I think the author's right to criticise said review is just wrong :/

Elie said...

I have on occasion, posted a negative review. But, I always include something positive about the book (pros and cons) and I try to include links to bloggers that enjoyed the title. If I can't find something nice to say, I don't post the review. I realize the heart and soul authors pour into their books. I also realize that a few bad reviews can keep someone from buying that book. It stops me.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thanks for sharing your opinions! I agree with what each of you said. Bloggers should not be criticized or attacked if they post tasteful, but well-explained negative reviews.

In fact, I think negative reviews sell books almost as well as positive reviews because people want to see exactly why this person disliked a book when that person loved it.

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great post! I do post negative reviews. Sometimes negative reviews tell more about the book than the ones that are raving. I try to be clear and concise about the things that I didn't like about the book while offering some things that I did like. I don't like writing negative reviews, but I think it's important to be consistent and honest.

The Slowest Bookworm said...

I totally agree with your thoughts on the matter. I think we should post 'carefully worded' negative reviews if we don't enjoy a book. As you say, not everyone is going to enjoy every book and it's ok to say so. I don't like posting negative reviews, but I have done when it's been necessary.

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