Breakfast with the Bookie is a semi-weekly feature here @ Badass Bookie which is making a reappearance in 2012. Every other Wednesday morning, let's all grab our teas and coffees to gather and discuss and share our opinions! Everyone is welcome to join and make sure you leave a comment to state your opinion. Don't be shy!
This Week's Topic - How Not to Write Bad Reviews
It's been an age since I've done a Breakfast with the Bookie post and I think it's high time that I got back into routine! This week's topic is kinda of inspired by two things. 1) My own discomfort when it comes to writing a review for a book I didn't like and 2) Controversies revolving around negative reviews. Everyone remember "The Selection" Drama right? That whole episode was a little uncalled for because firstly, the review that started the whole shebang was fair.
What's the difference between a negative review and a bad review?
Well my grasshoppers, a NEGATIVE review gives honest opinions, even if that means criticism but also talks about things they did enjoy or at least talk about why they didn't enjoy the book.
A BAD review pretty much just slams the book. They're the ones that completely rip into the book or the author and pretty much just blabber about everything that went wrong but don't talk about why.
Bookie's Take -
As book bloggers, many of us are given the awesome opportunity of getting review copies. Publishers send us books in exchange for an honest review. An HONEST review isn't a bad review. It's okay if you hated the book, seriously there are bound to be books that are just not your cup of tea but when you read one of those books the least you can do is write a solid review. Please don't "trash" an author or the book, don't discourage people to read. You don't like it? Fine, tell me why. THEN tell me if, is there any part your DID like?
What Shouldn't be Written -
1) "OMG worse book ever. The author clearly never went to school. This book is sooooo bad, characters were so fake. Don't read it, waste of time."
2) "Burn this crap. Waste of good paper. The only thing this book should be used for is toilet paper"
What Should Be Written -
1) "To be honest, this wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't feel the plot because I felt it lacked action. However the writing was beautiful and the romance was very sweet."
2) "I couldn't really connect with the protagonist, the plot was a little bland and I honestly didn't feel for the romance. It wasn't what I thought it would be however I really liked ending."
Did I miss anything? Do you agree? How do you write negative reviews?
Badass Bookie xx