I’ve been doing this blogging thing for five years and Goodreads for eight, so I’ve noticed a few things.
I know there are numerous discussions out there about negative reviews, but there’s something I’m genuinely curious about. I’ve witnessed this a lot more lately …
There are people who give negative reviews of popular books that act like the people who love them and give high ratings aren’t being honest. Several times now I’ve seen people who wrote negative reviews go on about how people who gave the books high ratings need to be honest with their reviews and not feed lines of bullshit. Or they make condescending remarks about the positive reviews and/or reviewers.
Um, excuse me?
Or the only reason they rate it high is because they must fangirl over the author or received an ARC.
What the hell?
So the only form of honesty is expressing your dislike for something? Now that’s bullshit logic. Just because I don’t go through with spoilers listing every specific thing I like and why, doesn’t mean what I do say isn’t true.
There are so many books I can’t stand that others love, yet I don’t assume those people are being fake. Yeah, there are times I’m totally baffled by the amount of love a book I don’t like gets, but that doesn’t mean I’m the one being honest while they aren’t.
Being the “black sheep” doesn’t mean the person is being any more or any less honest about their feelings than the majority.
Also, I notice how people often commend those who write a negative review for being honest. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but it just seems like negativity is often correlated with honesty.
Now, I’m not saying there aren’t people who exaggerate their enthusiasm for a book for whatever reason, just as there are some people who write negative/sarcastic reviews for attention.
However, if you want to question my integrity just because we have opposing opinions on a book …