After reading Lenore’s post Book Bloggers Behaving Badly: Are you on an author’s “hate list”? and more precisely this section:
Send your links of bad reviews to authors or @ reply them on twitter. Of course you have the right the write an honest review – but why do you want to throw a less than stellar critique in an author’s face? Says one author (sarcastically): I love when book bloggers are really rude about my books on their blog, and then tweet their reviews with my twitter name attached, so it shows up for me. And then other people RT it, because they have no idea it’s a bad review…because who would do that?
I’ve been asking myself, what’s the definition of a bad review?
First of all I prefer saying Positive and Negative reviews because I think Good and Bad reviews refers more to the bloggers writing skills/talent than the actual opinion of the book.
I’m gonna use some of my reviews here to try an explain my dilemma.
I think sometimes it’s pretty clear when a review is positive because you only have praise for this book, here’s a few examples:
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (slight spoilers if you haven’t read the firs 2 books)
On the other opposite, some reviews are clearly negative, and here’s my only review to fit the bill, I think:
Yes the review is certainly negative, but is it a bad review? I don’t think so. Backed up my opinion with reasons why, gave links to other reviews for the readers to have access to other opinions and did it all with respect for the author (or at least I meant to).
I think the tricky part is the in-betweens. and let’s be honest most of our reviews fit in that grey-zone category. You can’t love every single details of a book. Does it make your review negative if you mention the points you didn’t like?
Personally I don’t think so, I think it makes the review honest and gives pointers to authors (if they read it) as to what their reading ship likes and don’t, for future books. But hey, maybe I’m wrong!
Here’s some of those reviews:
So I’m asking you, where’s the line between a Positive and a Negative review?
Also, If you are an author, please let us know *g*