Reviews are for READERS

So I spent a lot of time last week talking about writing and trying to encourage writers, which almost makes me feel like I neglected the reader-y side of my blog. But *have no fear* ranty monkey is here to talk about why I think reading and reviews!

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You see, like many other people on the blogosphere I’ve noticed an ongoing problem of a certain type of author (#notall) that goes after reviewers when they get a negative review. This is obviously something that’s existed longer than I’ve been around, yet I specifically saw a video recently (that I won’t share because it names the author in question) where a vlogger described a horrible incident of an author harassing them for their 3* review. Now I’m sure I don’t have to state the obvious, but I will anyway: THIS IS NOT ON.

Still the encroachment on what reviewers do goes further than this unfortunately. Because I also see a fair number of authors, every so often, pre-emptively telling would-be readers of their work how they ought to review. Which is also NOT ON. Ultimately I hold with the view: your platform, your rules. I do not see how someone else is entitled to tell others what to do on their own site. Particularly when it comes to opinion pieces like reviews- gah! The nerve!

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Personally I have my own unspoken rules of how I like to run my blog and I see a lot of other reviewers make different choices. And whether they want to discuss certain aspects of a book, leave out negative reviews or only review certain kinds of books is *completely* up to them! It’s certainly not up to the author to determine what makes a satisfactory review.

And I say this not because I think people should avoid advice or never try to improve what they do- we’re all learning things all the time- but because I am seriously sceptical about whether someone who asks for reviews to be tailored for the author’s benefit are really looking out for the reviewer’s best interests. I do not think it is right to tell readers off for not giving a book a high enough rating, or not stating how the writer can improve, or heaven forbid “not getting it” (whatever that means)- dude, it’s not for your benefit. Most of us are trying to write reviews to help out fellow readers.

Sure, you’re welcome to write each and every review as a love/hate letter to the author– that’s your prerogative. In my experience though, most critics aren’t doing that. What motivates me personally, aside from enjoying chats about *BOOKS*, is knowing that I can help fellow bookworms out from under their crushing TBRs to figure out what they *need* to read a book and what they might want to skip. That’s why even if I gush over a book, I try to tell people what it is they can expect and point out that other people might not like it. Some of my favourite books of the year fall into this category- and that’s okay! Everyone has different tastes and is entitled to their opinion.

It’s kind of unbelievable that some authors use reviews as their personal critique anyway. I mean, it is supposed to be a finished product. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but the time for critique should be a little earlier than the publication stage. Once it’s entered the market, it’s fair game. Especially if people have parted with time and money.

None of this is to say that authors can’t get something out of reviews. My personal view is that if a review helps an author I like then that’s *fantastic*- I obviously want all the authors I respect to have a long and illustrious career (if nothing else than for the selfish reason that I want to read *all* their future books). And guess what? People still go onto read books that are negatively received. In fact, I’ve gone out and read books I’ve seen people slate (morbid curiosity/monkey-brained masochism- call it what you will). In my experience, what actually puts readers off is whiny authors who moan about reviews.

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And believe me, I get that writers poured a lot of work into it. I’m perfectly sympathetic to that. However, here’s the rub: reviewers put a lot of effort into their platforms too. No one has a monopoly on importance or conscientiousness here.

Contrary to what some writers might think, reviewers can’t control if they liked or disliked a book. Nor are they “out to get” anyone or likely to have personal vendettas against (often unknown) authors. Yet what reviewers do depend on is their ability to critique a book on its merit– and to start meddling with that undermines the whole process.

So I’ll say for the record: my reviews are for readers. Writers who think otherwise can kindly back away- I have bananas and I’m not afraid to use them!

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How about you? Do you think reviews are for readers or authors? Let me know in the comments!

115 thoughts on “Reviews are for READERS

  1. As an author – and as a reader – I say BRAVO to this post.

    While I would cringe (or maybe throw a tantrum) if I came across a really negative review of my work, I would NOT hold it against the reviewer. I’d be extremely sad they didn’t like my work. But I’d hardly internet-stalk them and make them rue the day they were born. GROW UP, people.

    Authors don’t have to LIKE all the critiques of their work that hit the internet. But they do have to ACCEPT that the person felt that way. End of.

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    1. Thank you so much for saying that!

      I think that’s totally fair enough and I do understand why authors feel that way (it’s why I personally try to write reviews in a certain way) but that said I can’t abide authors who internet stalk (and even real life stalk) reviewers- that’s nuts!

      Absolutely!

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  2. If I don’t know the author personally (in which case we’d discuss the book privately), it would never occur to me that s/he would read the review. I generally expect reviews to be either to help other readers get an idea of what the book is about and if there are excellences or pitfalls to it, or, too often, to be sort of self-serving self-promotion for the reviewers’ blogs or similar. It turns me off if a review feels bandwagony, that ‘OMG this is so great’ and is part of some author’s ‘tour’ of blogs, since I would expect the honesty of the review to be completely suspect. *shrug* I am happy to read that a certain book contains this or that level of sex and violence, this or that level of intelligence and humour and insight, since those can help me decide if they interest me or not.

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      1. I think it’s most worthwhile if the reader is honest, and is never helpful if the reader is abusive or intentionally unkind. To me, it can be expressed that a book is terrible and even that the author comes across as malicious or unappealing, say, without it becoming an ad hominem attack. Nanowrimo has a lot to answer for, since now many people have ‘books’ they wrote during it and have published, and many are pretty unprofessional, shall we say.

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    1. LOL. Of course authors read reviews of their work! Those who say they don’t care about reviews — well, I’ve never believed them. It’s like saying a person working for a corporation would never consider reading the performance review the boss just gave them. We all like praise and encouragement yet I do understand the reviewer’s dilemma when it comes to outraged (unhinged maybe?) authors.

      But I’ve seen and experienced it from both sides. There are bizarrely abusive reviewers who leave insane reviews online. To then try to go after these insane reviewers (imagine what their sad lives must be like if they must spew venom all over the internet) only makes the author appear equally insane. I say an author should vent to friends and family (offline) and then try to forget about it.

      Honest, respectful reviews (even if not great) should be appreciated by the author. It’s also good to keep in mind that most readers and writers have a big thing in common: the love of words.

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      1. With the internet, I am sure it is really easy to find reviews of one’s own work. It is also easy for readers to do variations on ‘someone on the internet is wrong’ with regard to books, in the sense of extending criticism and bad attitude to many books that in an earlier time period they may indeed just have condemned to family and friends and then let go. I figure that there are so many bad book and so many good books and so many that are bad with one redeeming feature, or good with a few giant flaws, etc. etc. etc. forever, that it isn’t in my interest personally to review most of them, but I do appreciate when someone sincerely mentions a book that s/he enjoyed and the reasons why. When my book comes out, not very soon, I figure I will ignore reviews, since it’s just opinion, and since my book would be just opinion too, either people like it, don’t like it, or change their minds. *shrug* I certainly agree that authors going after abusive reviewers seldom helps the situation.

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          1. Thanks. It’s my perspective on tarot after having gotten electrocuted (and actually been dead a few times) and having a lot of ‘unusual’ folks for clients, including old-fashioned multiple personality/DID folks. I hope it’ll interest those into tarot or maybe just into life adventures–but I am trudging along with it slowly. There are tons of handwritten pages all over the place here–it’ll happen.

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  3. Oh definitely agree! When I wrote reviews, I’m writing them for other readers not for the writer themselves. If I wanted the author to see my review, I would @ them on Twitter. Otherwise, not for them.
    I’ve checked out books despite negative reviews. The latest one was Caraval which had a lot of not so good reviews but it still sounded like something I would be interested in so I checked it out. No, I didn’t find it particularly well written (I wanted to slap the main character more than a few times) but it was a lot of fun to listen to. Without those negative reviews, I would have gone into that book with very high expectations and been disappointed. Instead I was pleasantly surprised and want to check out the sequel.

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    1. I’m glad! Absolutely! I know what you mean- especially cos I do not @ authors (although I’d like to for positive reviews, it’s always nice to hear good things).
      And yes that’s totally fair enough. I completely get what you mean about Caraval- I kind of wish I’d seen negative reviews before I read it cos I jumped on the hype train and was disappointed. And other times I’ve had my expectations massively lowered and ended up really impressed! Negative reviews can actually be really helpful!

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  4. Authors can suck eggs. That about sums up my feelings on the issue. If a banana needs to be shoved up an authors nose, then so be it.

    Having more than my fair share of “incidents” with authors (heck, a lot of the Surviving a Bad Book posts I have done are because of writers), I now view them as a separate sub-species of humanity. Much like the morlocks, I prefer them to stay underground and out of sight.

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  5. of course reviews are for readers! but I’m a very selfish reviewer, my reviews are for me. They help me remember what I’ve read, remember if I liked it or not, and every year I get better at communicating why a book worked or didn’t. I review for myself – writing book reviews has helped me become a better reviewer.

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  6. I looked up the definition of review and it includes a possibility of change in the definition.
    Still, I personally believe that book reviews are for the readers and viewers who may be interested in reading or discussing those books. It is important to be honest so that the readers can make their own decision on whether or not to read!

    Thank you for this post!

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  7. Great post! I agree that reviews are for readers. I refuse to review on Barnes & Noble because after trying to post about 15 reviews I realized that they were only posting the positive ones and labeling the negative (or even neutral…I rarely write anything scathing) ones as “does not meet our standards for a review.” A platform that allows only gushing reviews is entirely missing the point.

    I’ve only ever had one author comment on my review of their book and it was a very positive experience. I had expressed curiosity over whether a couple things in a historical fiction novel (Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt) were historical or author’s embellishment and he helpfully commented on the post with the history and his thought process.

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    1. Thank you! I completely understand and that’s one of the reasons I pretty much exclusively review on here. And yes for sure! I’ve noticed that with a lot of platforms, so I don’t tend to take those sites seriously when it comes to choosing what I read.

      That’s really good- I don’t think I’ve had any author like that personally, so I’ve definitely been lucky 🙂 And that’s really cool that he did that!

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  8. Oh dear. You really did open a can of worms here, or bananas. I am a writer and I am human, not a subspecies.

    Personally, in my opinion, authors DO read reviews of their books, and the vast majority will not interact with the reviewer. That is basic protocol. Good review, bad review, don’t comment. That some writers do, yes, absolutely. There are bad losers everywhere, right?

    From my POV most reviewers are respectful, even in their criticism, but there are a notable number of reviewers who sometimes cross the line between informative and borderline cruelty. Is it deserved? Perhaps, but I will admit it is a hard pill to swallow; I can see where the temptation may sometimes come from.

    I am not, in any way, condoning a writer stalking a reviewer; that sounds like some hormonal teen on a resentful meltdown because they produced a mediocre, or bad book and can’t face up to it, but some bloggers would benefit from understanding that writers do read blogger reviews and take them very much to heart. Is it so difficult to be elegant in your dislike? To not be cruel, yet straight to the point and informative?

    Well that is certainly not the case here. I love your reviews and even if you don’t realise it, I as a writer do learn things from your comments.

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    1. hehe no worries- I’d never say a writer wasn’t human- should’ve put a disclaimer 😉

      I personally think that’s the best protocol to follow tbh- but you’re right that some writers do and there’s bad losers everywhere (really not trying to tar all authors- the vast majority are perfectly lovely)

      And yes I do think that there are people who cross the line on the reviewer side (like you said, there’s bad actors in every camp). I would personally suggest (and prefer) reviews to be fair and about the book (not the author) but I can’t control/wouldn’t want to control what other people do on their platforms.

      But yeah I do agree about how wrong it is to stalk someone for a bad review.

      Thank you so much- that’s very kind of you to say and I’m always glad when people get things out of my reviews.

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  9. Your points are spot on. I also think that reviews are more for readers, and as a writer it’s kind of understood that not everyone is going to like everything. From what I’ve seen in your posts you share your honest opinion, and respectfully so. Keep it up, I enjoy your posts 😊

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  10. I think that writers are also readers. I know that I’ve appreciated good reviews of books as well as bad ones when choosing what to read. For example, just because a trope or a character or a plot point bothers a certain reviewer, that doesn’t mean it’ll bother me. So I may read a book even after reading a bad review, knowing that my tastes are different from the reviewer.

    As a writer, ultimately I want people to read and enjoy my work. I think good reviews certainly attract more readers than bad ones, but I think that bad reviews- or just OK ones- can also tell a reader what s/he needs to know about a book. Maybe that reader will feel differently than the reviewer. Yes, bad reviews can be hurtful, but by publishing something it’s a risk you take. I can’t imagine ever going after a reviewer for writing a negative review. I may yell some mean things at my computer screen for a little bit, but I’d never actually contact the reviewer. I think that’s unprofessional.

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    1. hehe of course, I should hope that most writers are readers 😉 But yeah I get what you mean. And I definitely do still read books, even after negative reviews.

      And yeah that’s very true. Obviously I get why people feel this way, and it’s totally understandable, but this is just the consequence of writing a book. I definitely think it’s unprofessional to contact the reviewer.

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  11. I completely agree!!! I have seen reviewers get harassed because of voicing their opinions. I think that if authors know that they won’t be able to handle critique then they should stick away from reviews of their books. Great post!!

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  12. This is a huge problem in the academic world as well. Reviewers of technical books and articles are pressured to write great reviews. This is especially the true if the researcher is more well-known and accomplished than the reviewer, which is mostly the case. A number of journal editors are into this nonsense too. So, it doesn’t matter even if the reviewer is being honest, since the review would either be edited or rejected.

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  13. This is a great post! I 100% agree that reviews are for the readers. When I write reviews, yes I am stating what I personally like or don’t like about a book and why etc. However it is in the hopes that people who know they tend to like the same kinds of books as me or not can make an educated decision on whether to read said book! And this is why I read reviews too! There is only so much time to read all the books I want most of the ones I read to be enjoyable to me! I also can not believe that some authors go so low as to attack reviews or try to shape the reviews!

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  14. You just read my mind on your rant posts. I agree with you that reviews are for other readers but I also believe they are for the writers themselves as well. I get that it sucks to get a negative review but like a previous commentor said, you have to know going into the job of being an artist that negative reviews are to be expected. It kills me when authors say that the only reason the review was negative was because it just wasn’t for that reader but like you said, no one knows if they’re gonna like a book or not until they read it and an author shouldn’t condemn them for that because maybe a reader branched our of their comfort genre. I also don’t agree with blog tours or platforms that it tout good reviews. It’s completely unrealistic that a book is gonna have 1000 5-star reviews. Oh man I can go on and on but I won’t fill up your comment feed. Let’s just say I’ve experienced this as a reader and I commend you for calling these writers out and threatening them with bananas. 😂😂

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    1. haha! Totally fair! Like I said, none of this is to say writers can’t get stuff out of them. And yeah for sure- negative reviews are unfortunately a part of the gig. And yeah for sure. Sometimes people branch out and love things. Yeah I totally agree with you there and get pretty sceptical very fast. haha no worries! hehehe thank you!! 😂😂😂

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  15. Great post – thank you – but I have to admit that I was chuckling a little as I read – thinking that I’d be totally fine with an abusive response by an author to one of my reviews. It means he or she had actually found my blog. 😉😉

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  16. I definitely have readers in mind when I write reviews. Now, that’s not to say that I am just going to eviscerate an author if I don’t like their book…but I’m not going to sugar coat it either. I want to help out my fellow readers. And I always try to be kind in my reviews, even if I hated the book in question. Great post!

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  17. Another amazing post, as always! I believe that while reviews can be beneficial for authors, the target audience should be readers (or at least, that’s who I write my reviews for! Haha). I write reviews so I can let fellow readers know the content of the book and list the reasons why I liked/disliked it. We all have different opinions and interests like you stated, but as a reviewer, I like to let the audience know what they can expect from the book. 🙂

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  18. Waa thinking about this recently! Everyone is going to have a different outlook of a book, that’s just a part of being human is difference of opinion. Of course no one wants to see bad reviews of their books, but you can’t really dictate someone’s preference. I don’t think that’s fair at all!

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  19. It never really occurred to me that authors would read my review, so whenever I write one, I always have readers in mind. If it can help someone decide what to read next, then great!
    More than that, I often read reviews of books that I’ve read just so I can see how different my opinions are from other reviewers. It’s good to have different opinions right? Otherwise, there’s not really much to discuss haha
    And plus, if authors can learn something from reviews, then that’s awesome! But it really bothers me when they cyberstalk reviewers because of negative reviews. Guess that’s one of the reasons I’m not active on social media haha

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  20. Totally agreed here. Reviews are for other readers to decide if they want to read the book. I am baffled both by authors who think reviewers are talking to them AND by reviewers who actually do say they are writing for the author “to help them improve.” I hate to be pessimistic, but unless an author actively goes out and reads like every review of their book on Goodreads, they’re not likely to see your review. If you do, I doubt they really want your feedback “to improve their craft.” One, you’re some random person on the Internet (even if you do have valid and insightful points). Two, they have beta readers, friends, agents, editors, etc. I don’t think many people are looking for a fiftieth opinion on how they can revise, you know?

    But you seem to be talking here about authors who *do* read reviews, which is odd to me, at least in the sense that they think they can dictate what people say. I get it. Some people won’t like your book. Some will actually misread and misinterpret it. But you just can’t tell reviewers what to do.

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  21. Ive always thought it unbelievable that authors would dare to be angry and even harass their reviewers. I feel like books are like any art form. Once you put it out into the world it’s for the world to interpret and judge as they please. It’s scary the amount of stories I’ve heard of authors who have actually bullied certain reviews. Wonderful post. It’s definitely something to be talked about.

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  22. The knowledge that an author has gone after a reviewer is a sure fire way of making sure I don’t ever read any of their books.
    I write me reviews for other readers, for myself to remember and process what I wrote. I don’t write them for the authors.
    As an aspiring author, I’ve already asked my mum that if I ever get published, if she could read my reviews and filter what to tell me about them, whether it be a helpful critique like someone not agreeing with my rep, or perhaps the pace of the story, and nice things that are said. Best to keep the overly negative things away from me, unless they have a point and if anyone’s going to be real with me, it’ll be my mum.
    I honestly think that’s the best way for authors to consume reviews of their books. If you don’t know who posted the review, it would take away the temptation to defend your book and risk crossing a line.
    I don’t even really agree with other reviewers critiquing someone else’s review unless they have said something blatantly offensive.

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  23. It could just be me, but I always quite like reader’s reviews, the good ones that actually specify what they liked and didn’t like about something. Someone blithely declaring ‘This books sucks!’ or ‘I can’t stand this character’ without telling me what on earth inspires such feelings isn’t very helpful, but people writing that they felt that ‘something’s just *off* with the set-up’ or ‘the climax was kinda rushed and I’m not sure I bought the explanation’ is really helpful for me in terms of reading the book or if indeed it’s my own work they are writing about. It’s like a free editing service if it’s my stuff, and it’s helpful for me in reading the book myself because I can see what the other person was looking at and form my own opinions.
    Neil Gaiman’s take on critical reviews has always stuck with me: Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

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  24. Very well said! I see this on occasion and fortunately, it has not happened to me *knocks on wood* but the mere thought of it terrifies me. How would someone be okay harrassing someone else because of negative feedback, especially if that person is not of age yet? Bullying exists in many forms, and the online kind seems to be one of the cruelest because people feel they can say and do whatever they wish from behind the security of their screens.
    Anyway, brilliant post about the subject of course. And you’re absolutely right, each person should be able to run their blogs however they want to without fear of being harrassed. I’m curious about who this author in particular was, if for nothing else to avoid ever reviewing a book of theirs!

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  25. I do think there are authors who publish their first book, and expect their first reviewers to be BETA readers, and after feedback they change things in their book, and rewrite parts. As you say that should be the finished product in the marketplace, and people pay money to buy the book. I think authors should stop @ reviewers, because reading is subjective, and you’re not going to get everyone liking your writing. As an author myself I would find that weird.

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  26. Reviews are definitely for readers! However, I don’t think that makes it okay to critique authors in a review. Reviews are about books, not people, and despite reviews being for readers, authors will see them too. I think anything about the book is fair game, but leave the author alone because you don’t know them and it isn’t your place to comment.

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  27. Well said and I totally agree with you! You have put into writing many thoughts that are in my head too. Needless to say, I believe reviews are for fellow readers. Of course authors benefit from them too but they are mainly for helping readers figure out whether a particular book is right for them. And I totally hate the way publishers these days create a bubble of fantastic reviews (via disputable means) often before the book is published so that real readers have to bear the burden of going against the flow to give a mediocre or negative review. I have said some time ago that “there are too many people receiving free ARCs in exchange for an honest 5-star review”.

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  28. I write reviews for readers. But, I always try to remember that there is a person behind the book… And if that person were to read my review, I want it to be respectful. (There ARE some reviewers out there who are plain mean! Although I find that more on Amazon rather than in the blogosphere. I don’t want to be that person.)

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  29. I completely agree that reviews should be for readers!

    When authors start to harass reviewers for poor reviews, it shows unprofessionalism on so many levels: firstly, it’s such a ridiculous thing to do; reviewers often aren’t paid and it’s our job to be honest; secondly, most big authors (the ones that I’ve noticed) don’t read reviews because they know that nothing about the work that they’ve already published can be changed.

    If an author really feels uncomfortable reading negative reviews, I would probably just say that they shouldn’t read them at all.

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  30. I think reviews are mainly for readers. Like, if i’m interested in a book, i will read reviews and based on those decide whether i actually want the book or not.

    As you said, if an author can use a negative/positive/whatever review to their own benefits, then yay… 😀

    I think this whole situation is quite dramatic with all the harrassment. In my work i often get rated (reviewed?) by my clients. They literally fill in a form with ratings 1-5 on various aspects of stuff i did / didn’t do, etc. I get negative feedback occasionally, but never got particularly upset about it. So i think all those authors who create such a thing out of reviews should probably just grow up. Or do something else if they can’t.

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  31. Yaaaas to this! Reviews are for readers.. just like any review about anything else is meant for the consumer to help them decide whether they want x/y/z service/product… Thankfully, I have not had to deal with but*hurt authors yet for 3 star (really??? 3* is a bad rating in what universe?) reviews or lower or higher… but I have heard that it has happened… I think Universe keeps the moaners&complainers away from me because Universe knows that I am a master at ignoring such activities aimed towards me 😀 hahaha…
    brilliant post, as always, you genius! 😉

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  32. I 100% agree, and I think you expressed this very well! Honestly, if I were a writer, I wouldn’t WANT to read reviews of my books, but hey, to each their own. It does get really weird, though, when authors try to dictate how their book is read and reviewed. Definitely not okay. Reviews aren’t meant to stroke to author’s ego, they’re meant to tell other readers how you felt about the book!

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  33. That’s spot on :). We’ve started our blog as a platform for exchanging honest opinions about books and at first didn’t even think about the possibility that some of the readers of our reviews would be writers of those books 😉 Honesty was always the key, and we’ve had our share of painfully honest reviews – as well as enthusiastic ones. However, we mostly had very positive experience with authors reading our posts – a thank you email or a tweet of our review. We had also one writer who didn’t accept the review with good grace ;). I think that writers are just like any other human beings – you can find some really nice people among them, but you can also find someone less than civil 😉

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  34. This is such a fantastic post, and a well-needed reminder. Reviews are, before anything else, for readers and not for authors, we’re writing for our fellow passionate readers and book bloggers looking for new books to read and not for authors. Of course, it’s fantastic if we praise their book and they notice and they send us some love, but that’s not for them that I do it – I do it for everyone else, readers for sure 🙂
    Wonderful post! 🙂

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  35. Supposedly Walt Whitman said that for there to be great poets there must be great readers. I say “supposedly” because I can’t confirm that he said any such thing, but it’s still a good line regardless of where it originated.
    I always think of reviews as challenging readers to think critically about what they read, which will in turn prompt them to demand better writing. And writers are readers too, since, as at least one wise banana-throwing blogger has observed, reading is fundamental to writing.
    Of course the rule about reading critically applies to reviews too.

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  36. This is a great post, and I definitely agree with everything you said. I get writers can be passionate about their work and want everyone to love it but at the end of the day reviews aren’t for the writers, they’re used to help us as readers decide whether to read a book or not.
    I’ve heard some horror stories about reviewers who have been attacked by writers for their reviews, and all it’s done is put me off the authors’ works. It’s not fair to attack someone for their opinion, and to be honest most authors I’ve seen have said they avoid reviews all together, it’s better that way.
    Again great post. 🙂 ❤

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  37. I had a similar post drafted! I think we watched the same booktube video! Reviews are certainly for readers ❤ Haha I love how on par we are (stashes post for later on). It is almost scary. You touched on everything here so well. I think authors can certainly gain from reviews but definitely, need to remember that they are by readers to readers. I have been fortunate and only had one horrible encounter. I had to resolve it with the publisher, but luckily that sufficed. Fantastic post!

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    1. Cool- I’d love to read what you have to say on it! We probably did 😉 I’m really glad you agree! ❤ No worries about stashing it- honestly I think the more people talking about the topic the better (at least in my opinion). Thank you so much!! That's so awful that you had that experience- I'm glad it was resolved. Thank you again! ❤

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  38. You know, I’ve often had this mental debate with myself on whether authors should even be reading the reviews or not. On one hand a review is a personal opinion and how does the saying go about not pleasing everyone…? But I do think if a book is out there with say 100 reviews and the biggest portion of those all complain of something in a book it wouldn’t hurt the author to make note people do not like such and such to improve in the future. Either way though there should be a disclaimer when submitting something for publication that you can not take everything so darn personally once it’s out in the big wide world.

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