A couple of months ago, while lurking around goodreads, I stumbled across a one-starred review of this you-might-know-what book. I love this book and I gave it four stars. I know it’s weird, but I like reading negative reviews of the books I love. I want to know what made these people dislike the books I think are fantastic. But, that review I stumbled upon? Dude, it was plain disrespectful and horrible!! The reviewer didn’t even mention why she thinks the book sucked. She just went on ranting and mocking the characters, the author and the book itself. Even now, just thinking about it, makes my blood evaporate. I mean, calling a book 100% craptastic and shit because you didn’t like the characters is one thing, but saying fuck to the author? Dude, that is way below the belt. I am 100% against bashing a book, and bashing the author? That is totally intolerable. It’s a really sad thing how this reviewer likes to bash the books she hates, as well as the authors of these books, and be totally proud of them!
Also, before stumbling across her review of you-might-know-what book, I’ve also read her review of this about-to-become-a-movie book. She did not just bash the book, my dears. She also told the author: “seriously, do not write again!”. What right did she have to tell the author what to do? Can she even write a book that is publish-able? Somebody has to remind her that these authors are as human as she is – only better because they’ve been published! I went back to that review of hers weeks ago, but she removed that already. And do you know what I also found out? This ‘reviewer’ apparently got both books for free by illegally downloading them! And she’s aware of this illegal activity too. But that’s not all. She also posted a step by step tutorial on how to download e-books illegally.
I cannot believe how many ‘likes’ that review got! I commented on that review and told her my opinion of her opinion. But it seemed like I was the only one who hated her review. Other commenters were actually praising and supporting her! And they were also laughing at me! What the hell was funny with what I was doing?? I know I’m not the only one who dislikes this reviewer and it sucked that no one else had the guts to tell her off.
I’m aware that people are entitled to their own opinion, and I know that we have this thing called ‘freedom of speech.’ But does she? Does she really have the right to say that the book is 100% craptastic? To tell the author "you just lost the game" AND to tell other would-be buyers of the book to NOT buy/read the book when she only stole her copy? She already stole one copy and yet, she’s preventing other people from buying the book. How many books exactly have she stolen??
I'm not one to tell people how a book review is done as my reviews aren't particularly professional. I also cannot please everybody, and I'm not even supposed to question people's view of these books, but I really wish that reviewers understand that reviewing books isn’t only about being honest. Sure, we have to be honest when reviewing books or else, it wouldn't have sense. But, can't we be honest while showing some respect?