Hello everyone! So I’ve stumbled upon a topic that, let’s say…peeves me. Yes, peeves would be a good description. To get angry
about it would only make me miserable and that would totally take away the whole good karma thing I have going for me and toss it out the window. *sigh*
Okay so onto the peeved part. I’m a reader…….a huge reader. I devour books in one sitting if I can. I’ve always taken my trusty Nook and scrolled through the Barnes and Noble store bookmarking as I go….lets face it, I would need to hit the lottery in order to have all the books I want to read at my fingertips 🙂 Anyways…..so I’ve never been one for reading what other fellow readers have to say about the book. I don’t want to be swayed by what their thought are. I read the blurb and make my decision based off of that. I feel it’s only fair to form my own opinion on what I’m reading.
However……..lately I’ve started reading the comments. While some are helpful and totally on target, I can’t help but shake my head in annoyance at others. Case in point: Why would I care if you didn’t have the time to read the book you are reviewing/commenting on? If you didn’t have the time to read the book – why would you feel the need to leave any sort of feedback? That only makes you look like an ass.
It makes me wonder if people such as those really read the book or if they skimmed through it so that they would have something to say. Annnnnd if they are doing that, don’t they realize that they are critiquing on an un-fair level? Unfair to the next reader, who may in fact buy books based off of what others “rate” it at, and unfair to the Author that slaved over it?
I would take serious offense to reading a review such as that if I were the Author looking for feedback on how my book was doing. Especially if I was a newer Author. I can understand not being able to get into a book….I’ve had numerous books that I had a hard time wrapping my head around. Does it make it a “bad” read? No, it just wasnt’ something that I could follow. Ahhhh, to each their on when it comes to what we think is a good book versus a bad one.
I’ve even read comments that were made that the book was good, but the writer should have done such and such. And because it didn’t give them everything in the first book of a series, they may not read the next book. WHAT!?!? The whole point of a series is that there is one major issue that gets wrapped up all nice and neat at the end of the last book. Each book has its own problem and solution, that’s what us writers do…..we give you the beginning, middle and end. (bang head here!)
Here’s what I think: Let the writer be the writer and the reader be the reader. And if the reader is a writer, good…then you know how much work goes into the book and or books. If you’re a reviewer, give the book a fair shot based on the story line, characters, flow, etc. Make sure you have the time to devote to the book and the writer so that they get a fair appraisal of their work, not one based upon what you thought they should have done.
Sorry, told you I was peeved Ok, I’m getting off my soapbox now. If you stayed with me up until this point, thank you for letting me vent my frustration out. I do feel a little better now that I have that off my chest. To those of you who are Authors – my hats off to you for having to deal with comments I’ve listed above. All I can say is stay true to who you are as a writer and know that us readers don’t always base a book off of what others say, we form our own opinion 🙂
So tell me, what are your thoughts on this? Do you see comments and or reviews where you just shake your head at the commenter and think….wow, you just totally contradicted yourself and I’ll believe what you said when pigs fly….lol. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Happy Friday everyone!