negative reviews always get bad rep. scratch that, negative ANYTHING always get bad rep. people (me) usually feel bad for posting negative reviews and sometimes would rather not post the review at all. in some blog tours, negative reviews aren’t even allowed. whenever i receive a book from the publisher but don’t end up liking it, i always try to erase the negative aspects. but let me tell you a (not so secretive) secret: i love reading negative reviews.
when i’m deciding whether or not i want to buy the book, i devour the negative reviews; when i finish a book i really enjoyed, i hunt down the one-star thoughts; and of course, when i finish a book i didn’t like, i go to the negative rant-y ones and cackle along. it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, but it got me wondering…
why are negative reviews considered bad?
in all honesty, i like them better than positive ones. there would be times i read “negative” reviews and it’d make me want to read the book EVEN MORE. i guess it’s a bit like when people talk about this awful movie, and you end up watching it yourself to see exactly how bad it is. (confession: i actually considered reading FIFTY SHADES OF GREY but ultimately decided not to because erotica and i do not mix well.) (confession #2: i continuously visit QUEEN OF SHADOWS on goodreads to read the negative reviews even though that book is one of my favorites.) but let’s clear something up:
by negative, i mean critical reviews that point out why it didn’t work for them, not “I HATE THIS BOOK EVERYTHING SUCKS” reviews.
i mean, it sucks to be that person disliking the book, but reading about why people didn’t like a book makes me a bit happy. it reminds me that there will never be a “perfect” book – just like there will never be a “perfect” person. no matter how wonderful you think the writing, plot, and characters are, there will always be one person who just didn’t click with it. and that’s completely fine! i mean, you’re not going to love every single person you meet; why would you love every single book? your favorite person will probably have people who don’t like them, and that’s okay. that’s life, and that’s also books. it makes them genuine and beautifully flawed.