Post number three of five in my ongoing series! This is posted later in the day then is typical for me, but that’s because I…uh…thought yesterday was Monday. Despite knowing that I had been in school the day before.
Welcome to the life of the constantly sleep deprived.
Wednesday, March 8th: How To be Awesome At Negative Reviews
Friday, March 10th: How To Be Awesome At Commenting
Writing negative reviews can be difficult. Not necessarily because you can’t think of something to say- I know a lot of people, myself included, that have much more things to say when writing a negative review- but because there’s a fear of being mean.
But like all other things, negative reviews can still be polite and informational about what you didn’t like a book without being rude.
- If you like to link to your posts on various social media accounts, DON’T TAG THE AUTHOR IF IT’S A NEGATIVE REVIEW. Yes, it may help people find things relating to that author easier, but chances are, the author’s probably going to see it. They might not click the link, but, really, you never know.
- Also, relating to that, remember you’re reviewing the book, not the author. I don’t believe that personal feelings about the author should affect how you review the book. If you don’t think you can leave those feelings out of it, don’t review the book. It’s perfectly fine to not want to support an author! Do that by A) not buying their books, and B) telling others to not buy their books. Not by giving it a bad review. (also, sidenote, I’m more likely to ignore a bad review than I am to ignore someone pointing out an author being an awful person)
- Keep swearing to a minimum. Trust me, if you throw in profanity every few sentences it comes across as you being kind of an asshole and less that you just really hated the book.
- Also be careful not to insult people who liked the book, either. It’s pretty common to find negative reviews with people saying stuff like “I can’t believe so many people love this piece of trash” and “the idiots who like this book” and things like that. That’s not good. It hurts people’s feelings at best, and makes people really, really angry at the worst.
- Don’t be afraid to bring any harmful tropes to light. If something about a specific plotline makes you uncomfortable or the characters won’t stop using slurs even though they’re supposedly “amazing people”, SPEAK UP. It might make people angry, but it also might help a lot of people, too.
- Don’t rate a book on Goodreads before you actually read it. Remember how everyone started giving Empire of Storms one star on Goodreads a couple months before it came out? Don’t do that. Don’t rate books based on other people’s opinions; rate them based on your own.
- If you’re worried about sounding overly mean, have someone read it over first. Most book bloggers would happily agree to quickly look over your review if you’re worried about the tone of it, because most of us feel the same way every time we write a negative review.
- The review can be as long and detailed or as short and to the point as you want. I’ve seen plenty of reviews that were only a paragraph or two and got the point across as I have long ones that went into exact quotes. It’s your writing style.
So, blogglings, any tips about writing negative reviews?