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60-Day Book Meme - Day 48

Day 48 - How often do you agree with critics about a book? How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?


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Mar. 17th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
I don't typically read book critic's reviews, unless you count the "we recommend" newsletters/lists I read from various sources (the library, Goodreads, Bookish, Book Riot, etc.), and even those I only scan for what looks interesting based on the plot summary. However, if Life After Life is anything to go by, I can say I probably wouldn't agree with critics. I just finished the book today and am still scratching my head why this book has so much hype.

I have no qualms about writing a bad review. I don't feel compelled to praise a book I didn't enjoy. What I won't do, however, is tag an author in a bad review on any social media platforms. I don't feel the need to go out of my way to trash an author or a book, but I will offer my honest opinion in places where I discuss books (blog, Goodreads, etc.)
Mar. 17th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
Well, critics rarely agree among themselves, so I couldn't say. Sometimes?

My policy is: I give a review only for books I've finished. I don't finish books which are a chore to read. So the only negative reviews I give are for 1) very short books, or 2) books who looked good at the beginning, but with a severe disappointment at the end. So it's not very common, but there I do it witout qualms, yes.
Mar. 17th, 2014 08:43 am (UTC)
Almost never, haha. I hate giving negative reviews but sometimes it needs to be done.
Mar. 17th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
I agree with the critics sometimes, but I also disregard them... don't have a clear 'why' to that.
If a book is bad or flawed enough - usually I try to keep things straight and polite, but there might come some grumbling sometimes *lol*
Mar. 17th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
I don't really pay much attention to critics.

I don't have a problem with negative reviews. If I didn't like a book or had a problem with a book, I don't have a problem with saying so. I try to do it without being too mean, but I'm not going to say I liked a book or that something wasn't a problem when that's not true.
Mar. 19th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
When I buy books online like on Amazon I read some reader reviews. Usually the BAD ONES 'cause they're so much funnier. ;) But they don't influence my decision to get a book or my opinion of it.

I never quite agree with reviews. The problem with criticism is that, by default, it has to rely on what the critic has experienced or learned before. A book is compared to whatever that particular critic has liked or disliked elsewhere, to what in the content is familiar to him or completely new. Nothing can be reviewed in fair, impartial light. It's so subjective it shouldn't influence another's opinion.

The other day I saw a 5-star review on Amazon for a book. And the reviewer wrote something like:
"It was like reading my own thoughts. I loved this book".

That sums up criticism: pointing out our similarities or differences. It's not about the book. It's about personal validation. :D
Mar. 19th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
I read bad reviews because they can be quite entertaining, but I always keep in mind that they're just opinions and I may end up disagreeing with them.
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