I’ve been thinking about this blog for a while. So many times I come across a review that just begs for me to smack a palm across my face. What WERE they thinking? I decided instead of saving them all up for a huge blog I’d parcel them out from time to time, and maybe you’ll share the ones that piqued your interest.
I found a Kindle edition of a book by one of my favorite authors. Somehow I missed this book when it came out in 1987. I punched that deadly one-click and loaded it onto my Kindle. Then I looked at the reviews. Several of which stated “this reads like one of those 1980’s genre romances.”
The book comes from the days of Alpha-hole heroes and innocent, plucky, damaged, sweet, sexy (for the right man only!) heroines. One or both has some kind of tragic past that interferes with their ability to love or commit or whatever the problem is going to be. Romance authors of that time were talented at producing such books.
Romance readers devoured them.
Yes, they’re dated. In the better ones, the descriptions and the emotions are still there, grabbing at our hearts and keeping us up late reading, for the third or fourth or fifth time, about the healing power of love.
I found a review complaining that the main character in a series was “too unrealistic.” Here we have a series with werewolves, vampires, fae, ghosts, and monsters. And this reviewer thinks one specific character is unrealistic? Seriously? Wow.
Then there was the one star review, complaining the story “had too many horses.” You’d think the cover, which was only a rearing horse, might have given the reader a clue.
What reviews have you found that make you want to dent the desk with your head?
6 responses to “Reviewing the Reviews”
I read based on subject and author, mostly author. I don’t take the time to read or think about reviews. Btw, you are an inspiration. I may just be writing a legacy book for family, or not, but it is hard work.
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It is hard work but the reward is so rich. Unlike housework, what you write lasts. I clean the floor, the dogs bring in some new sort of mud…or gut another pillow
Alpha-hole heroes! Bwah ha ha ha!
–signed, author with horse on her cover…
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And may I say a VERY GOOD story inside the cover
I get twitchy when I read a review that starts off with, “this isn’t my kind of book,” then continues to bash it. Why did the reader read it? Even if it wasn’t ‘your’ kind of book and you didn’t like the story, a reviewer can still give an objective review. Were the characters well developed? Did the plot move along at a good pace? Was the novel well edited? Etc. I think there should be two separate reviews/ratings: Subjective (personal impression) and Objective (review of how well the story was told). And I see far too many reviews that are written only with the intention to be mean. Those should be punted out of bounds and the author of those reviews bared from posting any further reviews.
Or the reviewers who say: “I’ve read every one of this author’s books, it’s obvious they didn’t write this book.”
Really? Or “They just phoned this book in.”