What a fun topic am I right? No, I’m being sarcastic. Bad book reviews aren’t fun, not writing them (unless your a sadist) not reading them for your own writing, just not ever. *sigh*
I guess this topic is coming up for me is because I write more bad reviews than good reviews. Side note I suck at writing reviews (I’m working on it) so I’m not sure if I’d call what I write “reviews” more like “my feelings on said book”.
So why do I write more bad reviews than good? I promise I’m not mean or bitchy or just like to disagree for the fun of it…okay in real life I do both sometimes. 😉 But really I just have a heart of stone. I wish I had a better way to describe my heart, because stone doesn’t seem hard enough. I feel like if a Vulcan and I had a competition of feelings, I would win. Name 10 of your favorite books and I will probably dislike one of them. Does anyone else find this sad? Because I do. (Okay so maybe a Vulcan would win the feelings competition.) It takes a lot for me to be interested in a character, and to be interested in a story, interested in the good guys saving the day and all of that stuff. This often leaves me finishing a book being either a) bored to tears, or b) frustrated that I didn’t like the story.
That said, most of the time, it pains me to write a bad review. Writing is hard hard hard hard work. Writers put blood, tears, dragon eggs, shooting stars and vampire teeth into their writing. Like seriously they have to hunt down all of those things, that’s fricken hard! I often feel like I should put a huge apology at the end of my reviews. It’s come to the point where I’ve pretty much stopped writing bad reviews at all (okay save that one book because there were incorrect facts in it.)
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on a book (except for you, yes you…just kidding.) When I dislike a book I’d like to be able to accurately express my opinion, because I’m an opinionated person. So now I’m in a predicament. I need to work on the skill of writing reviews. What are some of the ways you guys write bad reviews? Do you write reviews at all?
I feel like bad reviews are a necessary thing in life. Bad is there to balance the good. And let’s face it, until I publish a novel there is no perfect book out there. 😉