There seems to be this weird idea that negative reviews are worth more than positive reviews.
It’s not everyone. And by and large the YA community is pretty good at NOT being condescending/snobby/toffee-nosed. But then sometimes I see reviews dismissing the opinions of people who like a book. Like:
“This book is awful and I don’t see why anyone would willingly read it. Everyone who likes this book is an idiot.”
I mean, I’m exaggerating a BIT, but it does happen, and it makes me so mad. Just because you write a negative review doesn’t mean it’s a BETTER review than a positive one. When did we all get so negative? Sometimes when I watch movies I go on Rotten Tomatoes and check out the reviews, and they are so snarky.
Thank goodness our community isn’t like that for the most part.
And it makes me feel sorry for the authors.
Even one mean review can throw out a ton of positive ones, which frustrates me because negative reviews should NOT have more weight.
That’s right, T Swizzle, you tell ’em.
I don’t write negative reviews all that often.
I would much rather flail. And I always make sure to say that other people might like it.
Negative reviews definitely have a place, and I’m not saying we should only write positive reviews – not every book is made equal, and there’d be no integrity to the system if we gave everything five stars. Plus, negative reviews can be entertaining. But when you’re insulting the author personally, or dismissing the opinions of people who DO like that particular book, then I have a problem.
And don’t even get me started on the people who dismiss YA as a whole.
Okay, calm. Calm.
I guess what I’m saying is don’t let one negative review stop you from wanting to read a book.
Or even LOTS of negative reviews. When I read The Jewel this year, it was after reading lots of one- and two-star ratings. I really enjoyed it. But sometimes I do make the mistake of taking the negative reviews into account more than I should.
There’s this weird habit where I look at the average rating on Goodreads, and if it’s below 4, I seriously reconsider wanting to read it.
LIKE. WHAT EVEN, EMILY? Afterworlds is rated below four, and I LOVED that book to pieces.
In my opinion, anyway, negative reviews shouldn’t mean you’re a better reviewer, or hold more weight than positive reviews.
What do you think?