We (the royal we, also I’m looking at you, assuming you’re of the same philosophy) do not simply flame books and their authors.
But it’s also a big part of my modus operandi to be honest.
So what do I do about those books that I simply did not like?
Here’s the main crux of my dilemma:
I’m an aspiring writer. Dammit, I AM a writer, I just haven’t got to that glorious stage of being published yet.
*wishes on a star*
*wishes on a candle*
*wishes on an eyelash*
And I’m reminded more and more each day how small and close-knit the publishing world can be. I think that’s definitely the case for the YA part of the market. There are some seriously scary fandoms to come up against if you don’t like something… and those fanpeople can be SCARY INTENSE!
See, I don’t want to nark someone off (whether that be an author, a blogger, a potential reader) by saying things that are less than nice about a book. I’ve always been of the standpoint that as long as I’m level-headed and justified when it comes to explaining my criticism then I have nothing to worry about.
But lately I can’t seem to match my head and my heart.
I’m not going to lie and say I liked a book when I didn’t. So should I be keeping quiet for the sake of professionalism, instead?
When you think about what a review is, in simplistic terms, it’s one individual’s personal opinion. And that opinion will be biased- the book will be read through a veil of that individual’s personality and morals and beliefs, and so a rating is given according to how pleasantly those elements are challenged, and also mollified.
My idea of a Happily Ever After will vary wildly from the next person’s, true?
I like to think that I’m fair. When something didn’t click for me while reading a book I like to be honest and upfront about it. Otherwise you’d be left pulling a strange face at my 3-star rating when I’ve only said good things about a book.
I would never make a personal comment towards the author themselves, and I wouldn’t be excessively mean or unjustified in my feedback. That said, how do you feel about negative reviews? And how honest is too honest? Do you explain a DNF?
Huh. Questions. So many questions.