By Ellen Meister
So what's the deal? Do I really love every book I read?
Then are my recommendations dishonest?
The fact is, I'll only go public with my opinion when I really love a book. When I read a terrible novel, I might bitch to friends about it, but I'll never post my thoughts in a public forum. Here's why:
1. The market for fiction is so tough to begin with that I'm loathe to do anything that might hurt anyone's sales. On the other hand, if I love a book, I'm delighted to give it a boost.
2. I've had bad reviews and I know how awful and personal it feels. I want nothing to do with causing anyone that kind of pain.
Now, I understand the argument for why we need negative reviews. Without them, the positive ones would have no impact. But when it comes to criticism, there's a problem inherent in our medium--reviewers are, by definition, writers. So it's not always easy to tell if the criticism is tinged with negative influences separate from the work itself.
What about you? Do you post negative reviews--on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, etc.--when you dislike a book? Why or why not?
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