Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: Unflattering Reviews…

 

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s topic:

How do you handle writing unflattering reviews?

This question is pretty easy to answer for me, because I simply don’t write unflattering reviews. I prefer writing positive reviews to negative ones, but this is me. There’s nothing wrong with writing negative reviews, as long as they are not offensive.

And you?

🙂

-Elena

About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

6 thoughts on “Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: Unflattering Reviews…

  1. edwardsvamptramp69 says:

    I never write unflattering reviews. My philosophy is……………..if I love it, I’ll review; if not…………………..I just don’t review at all. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings especially since they’re putting their heart and soul into a story. Now………………..I’m a Northerner and generally snarky and blunt by nature and sometimes people don’t get my wit. So there have been times when a writer misunderstood my review. And to this day, it KILLS me that I hurt their feelings. I reread that sucker 50 times trying to figure out where she thought I was bashing her and I couldn’t figure it out. I even went to so far a to PM them and explain that they misunderstood what I said, but the damage was done. So yeah……………………….unless I KNOW they understand my appreciation for their work………………….I won’t write anything.:(

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  2. mothergolf says:

    I’m of the same mind. I don’t want to write a bad review. If I don’t get something I just don’t review, or I put something like, I need to reread this and digest this for awhile…..after all, I could be just missing their point. Also their are language issues sometimes…….
    this was a good question to discuss. I have read some of those horrible reviews that the ‘trolls’ leave……I cannot imagine ever doing that….and of course, they never leave their name……

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  3. I write positive as well as negative reviews. I try to always be respectful though. But I feel that I need to share my love as well as my dislike for this or that book. It is all about balance for me 🙂

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  4. katiebird says:

    I’m all about karma, so I’m with you Elena. 🙂

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  5. Nickie Adler says:

    So, I am a reviewer for NetGalley so I have to be honest. That is what authors want me to do. I’m not mean, but I am honest. The good thing I’ve only had to give out a few bad reviews. One book was so bad, I read three books in between. I had a hard time finishing it. It felt bad doing it, but I could not give a good review and have someone else buy it and say WTH. So yes I do it, but I try to be gentle.

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  6. kybookwor, says:

    I think that negative reviews are just as important as positive ones. If I don’t like a book, I will say so. I always try to explain why I didn’t like it. Someone else may read that review and disagree with it, that’s what makes these blogs interesting. I have read positive reviews, and known, right away, that I won’t agree with the reviewers opinion. Every reader is different, if not there wouldn’t be so many genres to choose from.

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