In this Owl’s Post, I’ll be advocate of the devil. Well, not really. I see myself as Alice reminding to the White Rabbit that his best friend is the Mad Hatter*.
* Note that these are switchable terms. The White Rabbit reminding to the Mad Hater that his best friend is Alice is equally right.
Writers with bookworms are in a never-ending loop. An ouroboros. With one missing from the equation, we are left with an unknown. Although we are in love with letters, algebra isn’t necessarily our cup of tea. Keep it simple.
Like two friends standing in the middle of the rain with one umbrella, if we fight for the umbrella, we’ll be rain-soaked, both unhappy, surely saying things we don’t mean to each other. And if you push the other out in the rain, they won’t play anymore. What’s the fun, then? It’s like destroying a sandcastle, thinking your friends are going to keep giving you shells to help make it pretty.
— Morgane Knowles (@octopussquirrel) January 17, 2018
Why telling you all this? Perhaps you know but there is an uprising among writers of our book club after fellow bookworms spoke up about being bullied by writers because they voiced their honest, but negative opinion on their book on Goodreads*.
* Platform dedicated first to bookworms, not writers.
Negative reviews are part of the writer’s package. Tell to people to only voice their positive thoughts is wrong.
I’m sure you have books you don’t love. Or movies. Or ice creams. Not everybody can love what you write. Or the ice cream you believe is the absolute best*. Even if it’s utterly crazy to not love coffee or cookie-dough ice cream. RULE #358: if you can’t stomach negative things say about your book, do not wander on Goodreads*.
If you break this rule, think then that’s a good idea to answer to the review: abort mission!
* Or read only 5-stars reviews to boost yourself? Get a Goodreads buddy? I don’t know.
I always read a hight-star review and a low-star review on Goodreads. To restore balance. But, we have negative reviews* and we have mean reviews.
* Note that the review for which our fellow bookworm was recently bullied was negative, but in no way mean!
As previously said, writers can’t ask of bookworms to only share their positive thoughts. Negative reviews are part of the adventure of having your book out in the world. However, mean reviews are not. You have to own a closet of carapaces to share your writing. But we might be cyborgs, our hearts are at 73,8% human still. ( so disappointing, I know )
Writers should stay in their garden, watering their flowers, absolutely. Still, we have eyes. Sometimes bionic. Imagine you have tea, you are all talking about the cupcakes you happily bake in the afternoon when someone says: it’s awful, it’s like eating dirt. Why did you even waste your time in the first place? Not very cinnamon to say. “ What is wrong exactly? ” you ask. The tears damaging my cyborg heart if we say that about my cupcakes, Charlotte. If you say instead: the icing is too sugary, the cake not enough ‘ puffed ’. I don’t like it. the water damage is minimised. i have to replug these wires here, refill this thing with ice cream, but all is well!
Above all, this type of reviews isn’t helpful to bookworms. better not to waste your time if all you have to say is ‘ i don’t like it, it’s poop. ’ give it its stars, pick your next read, move on. i’m not sherlock, but if you gave it low-stars i’m sure i’m going to understand you didn’t like it. what i’d like to know is why? it’s the whole point of writing reviews.
Of course, you don’t have to sugar-coat it, but it’s fairly easy to slip in mean girl territory. It’s all in the way you said things, kraken. Try to stay pineapple, ok?
* That’s okay if you say: like someone puke rainbow, though.
Last words: do not push out of in the rain your mad hatters, white rabbits or alices fellow. ( unless they try it first )
DO YOU READ ONE LOW-STAR REVIEW AND ONE HIGH-STAR REVIEW TOO? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MEAN REVIEWS ON GOODREADS?