Okay, so this isn't going to become a weekly feature I do or anything, but I've decided instead of having posts limited to book reviews and memes I'm going to have a discussion post every once in a while.
In this post - as you've probably guessed by the title - I'll be posting my thoughts on negative reviews, I would love to hear your thoughts too. So make sure you comment!
I've seen this topic come up quite a bit over the past couple of months and most recently I saw that Kirsty from The Overflowing Library has decided to make her blog a negative-review-free zone. Which basically means she'll be doing a round up of books that she didn't enjoy, but she will not be posting any negative reviews.
I've actually seen a lot of blogs doing this style of blogging - I don't mean to call Kirsty out or anything! Her post was just the most recent I've seen - and I've had a think about what would be best for me.
Okay, so, my thoughts.
I actually think it's necessary to post negative reviews. Especially if the book is extremely popular! I would honestly be devastated if I bought a book based on it having 100% 5 star reviews, and then hated it because some people out there didn't want to post a negative review based on their feelings of the book (which is totally their choice, by the way).
I do post negative reviews, yes, and I shall continue to do so. I feel it's kind of my duty as a book blogger and reviewer to inform my readers of my take on a book, whether it be negative or positive.
That said, I try to balance my reviews. I like to say what I enjoyed about the book - however little - and I like to say what I didn't enjoy. I do this for both my positive reviews and my negative ones. Of course, by encouraging negative reviews, I am certainly NOT encouraging "bashing" the author who has worked so long and hard on their book/s. That is definitely not right. And definitely not professional! If you are having those thoughts, then keep them to yourself, please!
I expect negative reviews - like I try to make my own - to be polite, with good balance between the positives and negatives. Of course, if you only liked one character from a book yet detested the rest, it's not exactly going to be balanced, but this one character would still be mentioned by me while reviewing a book - as he or she would be a positive aspect!
Overall, it all comes down to being honest, polite and professional.
Anyway, ladies and gents, let me know what you think of this matter in the comments below. Do you like to read/write negative reviews, or do you deem them harsh and unnecessary? I'd love to know :)