This post may be a bit rambling and even a tad ranty, but it’s stuff that’s been on my mind a lot lately and it’s put me into a serious funk. I’m probably going to lose followers and friends with this post and I anticipate some backlash in the comment section, but so be it. Everyone is entitled to their say, which is kind of what this post is about.
I’m pretty active on Twitter. I like chatting with friends, updating people on humorous things in my life and keeping up on the book community. But the last little while I’ve been backing away from Twittter, and the book blogging community in general. I guess you could say that I’m growing disillusioned with both.
There’s been some chatter lately about negative reviews and how they should be written. And there has been serious backlash against bloggers who have posted “mean” and “nasty” reviews. Other bloggers have taken it upon themselves to write posts about how negative reviews should be done. Authors are weighing in on the topic of nasty reviews, going as far as saying that aspiring authors who book blog should watch their words, because it could come back to bite them in the ass when trying to get published.
I’ve stayed out of the Twitter debates and talks about this for the most part, but it all leaves a really bad taste in my mouth and an icky feeling in my stomach. To the point that I am pretty sure once I start querying SUPERNORMAL I’m going to stop reviewing books on this blog.
And you know what? That makes me sad. And pisses me off. My review style for the most part is off the cuff and informal. And the few negative reviews I’ve done? They haven’t been nice. No, I don’t personally attack the author, but yeah, I don’t sugar coat the fact that I didn’t like the book. And I’m snarky about it. After all, it’s my opinion, right? And this is my blog, right? So I should get to express my feelings and opinions over the books I read the way I want to. But it seems that maybe, just maybe, this isn’t the case.
Now, none of the comments about mean reviews have been directed at me (at least not that I know of), but I just don’t like the idea of others thinking that they can dictate how someone should run and write their blog. I don’t like the idea of being policed or censored. It makes my skin itch. And I don’t like the idea that my writing career could be in jeopardy because I didn’t like an author’s book and I expressed my dislike in a way that was seen as being mean.
When I get published (oh, and I will) if someone reviews SUPERNORMAL and says that they got halfway through and then wiped their ass with the rest of it, am I going to be upset? Probably. But you know what? It’s their right to express themselves how they want. I know, I know, it’s easy for me to sit here and say that, right? But it’s how it’s going to be. And if I need to vent and rant? That’s what the hubs, my friends and my writing group are for.
I almost didn’t write this post, because I figure that I’m probably shooting myself in the foot and if any authors read it, my name may go in the little black book of “aspiring authors that write mean reviews”. But this all makes me so sad that I couldn’t stay quiet anymore.