Dear One-Star Reviewer,
Believe it or not this post managed to spark a lot of hate. If I have offended anybody, it really wasn’t my intention. However, if you are a legitimate reviewer, you should have nothing in common with the samples I selected and posted over here.
These samples only go to show ludicrous reasons why books have gotten a one star review and a professional reviewer shouldn’t have anything in common with set mentions. If you do however have a strong opinion on the matter, I’d love to hear it and debate it in a civilized manner. Like the adults that we are.
I’ve been awake since 5 a.m. because I just couldn’t give this thought a rest. Because I too used to be the ugly monster on the other side: the one-star reviewer.
Am I being a complete hypocrite? Maybe for some people, but I can promise you this: once you walk in the writer’s shoes, you’ll never look at books the same way ever again.
When you’ll set foot in a library you won’t just see heaps of books, you’ll see years of effort, research, passion and love for the written word. You’ll see the people behind each manuscript and it’s going to spark some crazy emotion you had no clue was even there.
You’ll pick up a book and understand the work that goes in it. It’s not just words on paper, and that’s exactly why we’re here today, to address this very sensitive issue.
Readers, Pick Carefully
This might actually be the biggest problem out there. We all have favorite genres, and chances are, if we pick something very far off from our preference compass, we’re going to be disappointed.
Another thing altogether is not reading the book description, purchasing the book anyway, and later rating it a one star:
Ahh, few books caused the controversy that 50 Shades Of Grey has. I still enjoy reading its reviews and seeing how one saga has managed to divide the readership to such extent.
Option 1: express a valid, documented opinion. Option 2: make a total “arse” of yourself for everyone to see:
What, you thought Agatha Christie didn’t get her fair share?
Michelle Obama is no stranger either, but the ex-first lady is also one of the lucky few to receive a five star comment along a one star review:
Don’t you dare for one millisecond think people will ever run out of reasons to one-star the living letters of literary masterpieces such as The Great Gatsby.
If you’ve hated apples all your life, chances are slim for you to eat an apple and enjoy it this time around… even Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights:
This lovely reviewer is showing nothing but appreciation toward Christian Louboutin’s book on shoes.
Dan Brown’s Origin left this reviewer unimpressed.
The Billionaire’s Heart has also sparked some
mean honest reviews:
The Lord in our reviews:
Angry reader vs Author
While your one star review won’t hurt the Tolkiens and Dan Browns of the world, it might ruin the literary life of the small fish aka the self-published author, so be considerate when you put somebody’s work down.
A manuscript swimming in typos is unacceptable, however, be warned that most authors actually spend thousands of dollars working with editors, and editors are people too, so the occasional typo can escape even the wittiest of eyes.
I can see why it’s easier going for a one star review instead of emailing the author, but it’s sure not the most considerate thing to do. Especially if you’re a good christian (referencing one of the reviewers above).
Most authors nowadays are quick to mention their website or email address for possible complaints at the end of their books, so please, don’t virtually burn them on a stick in the public square for misspelling the name of a bar.
Should we end the one star review? No. But make your review sound legitimate instead of like a rant or at best a tantrum, and by all means don’t make an ass of yourself while you’re at it. Think about your school years and that particular time when you got the lowest of grades. Was it properly justified?
Last but not least, I’d like you to know I haven’t been “blessed” with a one star review yet, so at the time I’m writing this article from a happy place and in full support of fellow authors who have been granted the one star for the shadiest of reasons.
If you’re reading this, I’m putting together a piece about one star reviews / author confessions. Please email me your experiences & I’d be happy to quote you in my following article.
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