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Mulling over some words...

I was reading a discussion a while back that some people were having over leaving reviews for terrible books. They said they felt it was a service, to let people know how terrible the book was. It struck me as odd, since I've been left a couple of "this is a terrible book!" reviews for my first book The King's Tale. I even have one for Promises and Lies actually posted on the DSP website. Are these people right that my two books are terrible? I don't think so, but they're entitled to their opinion. But therein lies the rub, it's an opinion. So how could one possibly feel it's their duty to let the world know about a terrible book, when the book is only terrible in their own opinion? It brings to mind the age old discussion I've had elsewhere that when one states an opinion it should be viewed as an opinion, or in other words, some people need to come back to my classroom to learn the difference between opinions and facts :)

In other news, Literary Nymphs is having a big chat over Labor Day weekend (IE: this coming weekend). Labor day is my favorite holiday (which has nothing to do with the fact that it usually coincides with my birthday ;). I'm planning to be there and share an excerpt from Blue Moon, my novella scheduled for release in January or February 2012. Join in on the fun!

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anne_barwell
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Exactly!

If I find a book I really don't like, I tend not to leave a review but if I did/do I make it very clear that it's MY OPINION, and that reading is a very subjective thing.

Ditto if I love something, not everyone is going to either. But the world would be a boring place if we all had the same opinons on everything.

I do think that people lose sight of that and think that if they think it's crap then it is. Heard a lot of that over a certain popular series and what really annoyed me was someone jumping on the bandwagon about how bad it was, and quoting bits out of context to prove it when they hadn't even bothered to sit down and read the whole thing for themselves. Sure I wasn't a fan, but all that means is that /I/ didn't like it.
rowenasudbury
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I totally agree! I used to blithely say that the Harry Potter series was crap, although I'd never read one of the books. I got annoyed at fellow teachers saying how great it was, but ignoring (in my mind) the quality series of The Chronicles of Narnia. And then, I actually read some of the HP books, and I realized they weren't bad at all. I don't salivate over them like some people, and I still prefer CoN better, but I was able to acknowledge that I slagged the books off without reading them first.

I fully believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion. Having said that though, I will admit that some people's opinions about my books hurt my feelings, but I think that's only natural.

In my other life I've had to defend my opinions a million times, because some people don't seem to realized the difference between opinions and facts. It used to irritate me, but now I'm sort of amused by it. Sort of ;)
knowmefirst
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I personally don't read reviews, the only time I read a review was for my first book in M/M and I didn't bought it because of some of the bad reviews. Later on I found the sane book in a store for half price and I went and bought it. Thinking to myself that, it would be a waste of money and time. Up to know, I can honestly say that it was one of the first and greatest book I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Since then, I never read the reviews and just go with my instinct of wanting to buy it and reading it and I'm proud because I have bough so many book and e-books because of that and up to know I haven't found one that, I have not enjoy. So, my words of advice to all those people who give bad reviews, grow up, that is only your opinion and not the rest of the world. I give thanks for that, because then we wouldn't have read some of the best master pieces out there.

My word to you is don't listen, I found your work and I love it. So, I hope you continue to write, because I know I'm not the only one that thinks the same.
rowenasudbury
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Awww..thank you so much! I'm always happy to hear from people who read (and enjoy) my work.

As for me personally, I don't tend to read reviews for things I'm planning on buying for myself for pretty much the same reason as you. I would never buy a book based on a review, because I know my opinions are different from everyone else's. I never skip right to the reviews, I always read the product info first.

In this day and age of online book buying, where everyone has an opinion, there are things I miss, such as browsing through a bookstore and picking up books, experiencing the covers, looking inside them, holding them! I would love to find my own book in a bookstore someday, but I think that's a ways off. In the meantime I savor holding them after ordering them online. ;)

Thanks again! And thanks for the virtual gift...today is actually my birthday! :)

Edited at 2011-09-02 08:40 pm (UTC)
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