Attention!! I have something to announce and it’s really important. I like writing negative reviews. I really do. And I think’s it’s time to lose my shame over that, announce it, and own it. So I’m going to.
I’ve seen a lot of negative stuff about bloggers that choose to write critical reviews said by authors and bloggers alike: “We are washed up writers” and “jealous aspiring writers that will never make it so we take it out on successful authors.” I’ve seen bloggers say “why write a review if you don’t like the book?” and “that book is an author’s baby, they worked so hard!” Or “people that write negative reviews are book bashers who have problems in their real lives.”
No, seriously. I have seen all of this stuff and more. How do you think that makes someone feel?
Thing is though, I don’t want this post to be negative. I just want you to know the truth. Bloggers that write critical reviews (especially the ones that enjoy it) aren’t always looked upon very positively. But I’m over caring what other people think.
People are from all walks of life. Different things make people feel good. Some people only like being positive on their blogs. Cool. That’s not me. Writing reviews is an emotional outlet for me, and I suspect that is the same for many of the bloggers I follow. I love emotional reviews that are littered with feels, whether they are negative or positive. And on this blog we don’t just write one or the other. We love writing both.
Do I wish I could love every book and never write a negative review? Sure? I’d much rather love all the books I read. But that’s just not realistic. And I feel it is my duty to be honest about the books I read. It’s why I blog. Also, I just really love criticizing things and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s why I edit. 🙂
There are a lot of careers out there that involve criticism: movie critics, art critics, music critics, journalists, teachers, etc. There is nothing wrong with being the type of person that wants everyone to do their work to the best of their ability. Critics make the world a better place. If there were no critics, there would be no standard for everyone to meet. If reviewers only wrote positive reviews, things like editing and world building wouldn’t matter because no one would recognize what was good world-building and what was bad. And trust me, I have read a TON of bad. Something to think about.
So I’m not going to feel guilty about writing negative reviews and actually loving it. On the off chance that I do hate a book (and FINISH it–I’ve been DNFing a lot these days because I have no patience), I revel in writing that negative review because it gives me the chance to do what I love, which is talk about the things I didn’t like that could have been better. And there is not a damn thing wrong with that. I wouldn’t have this blog if I couldn’t have it be a reflection of me.
I’m gonna own it. I’m gonna be me.
“Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?”
― Roger Ebert