Recently, I have been picking up some books that I haven’t been feeling all that hot about. Maybe it’s something to do with being a book blogger, but ever since my TBR pile has been growing, I just don’t have the same amount of patience I used to have with books. When I have such a huge list of things I could be reading, I really don’t want to read something I don’t like.
But let’s say that I make it through the book…or suddenly it takes a turn for the worse at the end…and I don’t like the book.
I write a negative review.
In the past, negative reviews aren’t typically very well received. There have been some problems with the people that write these reviews. Personally, I really enjoying reading and writing negative reviews. I am not doing it to be mean to the author – I’m doing it to make sure that other people understand what they are getting into before they read the book.
I really hate books with instalove. It annoys me so much, especially since I have been seeing it more and more. When I read a review of a book that mentions instalove, it makes me a little more wary of the book. That way, it just decreases the amount of books I have to read and prevents a possible DNF. Which is a lot worse. So when I write a negative review, I am trying to point out the problems I had with the book to open up a discussion about what I like and what I didn’t like in the book. Plus, I always find it interesting to read reviews of the opposite opinion – when I didn’t like a book and someone else did, or vice versa. It opens up a discussion about points in a book, such as instalove or pacing or action. It is always very interesting to see what someone else thought.
When I write a negative review, I am contributing to the discussion amongst readers.
I don’t expect authors to read my negative reviews or respond to them. I know that they can’t change the book once it is in publication. And I make sure never to attack the author in my review as well. When I write a negative review, I try to focus on the writing style and themes within the book. If a book covers a heavy topic (such as sexism or such), I try to see it in the way of the character, if it was just a basic problem with character development or how that idea came to be a part of the story. When an author just throws in stuff to be dramatic or gritty, that’s when I will also write a negative review – it’s just unnecessary.
Of course, there are all kinds of opinions about negative reviews. Do you write them? Do you read them? And what do you think their purpose is, if they have one?