Today’s post is going to be on something I’ve thought about for a long time. We all know what we like is subjective. What you like in a book someone else doesn’t like. As an author, I know that not everyone is going to like my work. As a reader, I encourage other readers to stay true to what they love and to only read stories that they cannot live without experiencing.
We all aim to be honest. At least, most days. I respect honesty, in all of its forms. What I cannot respect is slamming a book because you didn’t like it or because you didn’t get it. The other day, I read a review that said, “This book is dumb.”
What?! Do you even have any idea what work went into creating that “dumb” book?
Readers, you breathe life into our words. But you can also suck the little life out of them. There is a thin line between honesty and being rude. Before I published, I had no idea how to review. If I didn’t like a book, I’d say that I didn’t, without giving the author any opportunity to gain anything from my review. Because it was my opinion and I’m entitled to my likes and dislikes. But now, now that I know the massive amounts of work it takes to publish, I review to applaud and to assist. As a reader, those should be your two focuses. Tell the author what you liked and tell them what you think needed work.
Because, “This book is dumb,” does nothing for us.
When you disrespect an author, you make them not want to do this anymore. And we rely on your opinions! Slamming an author should never be an option and should not be tolerated in the reading community.
Readers be more conscientious. Don’t you know you’re dealing with passionate people? Your words can harm us more than you think.
Now playing No Rest for the Wicked by Lykke Li.
All my love,