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?



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.:(


  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……


  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 🙂


  4. katiebird says:

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


  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.


  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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