Okay, this is a rant post. And I apologize but bare with me Let's be clear on something, if I don't like a book, I don't review it. Period! I just don't. My goal in life is to HELP authors. So if I read a book, and don't like it, I kindly decline doing a review for it.
Simple as that right?
Well sometimes I do read books I don't like. And guess what I do about it? Absolutely nothing! I know there are books out there that I am not going to like! Even books in the genres I like.
And then there are books that I sorta like and I will keep it if I bought it but I don't plan on reviewing it.
AND THEN there are books that I absolutely love!
So, does that mean that I go and bash the book that I only sorta kinda liked? NO!
Okay, to the point that started this rant:
The other day I was having a lovely conversation with my grandma about Cinderella re-tells. And we were discussing some of our favorites! And she mentioned this version that was wonderful except for ONE SCENE. And that is always horrible. So she told me what the scene was and I was shocked. This version of Cinderella was supposed to be for little girls, and this scene was not!
And then my grandma mentioned another scene in the book. And something clicked. . . I recognized that scene. I had read that scene in a book somewhere. So I get online and I go to Goodreads and look this book up and realize. . . I read that book. . years ago. Too young to understand the scene clearly but I had read it.
Just to be sure though, I got on Amazon and began reading reviews. And it was the same book I had read years before, never understanding that one horrible scene.
I soon discovered I love reading reviews. I like seeing what others think of all the books I read. So I started looking up other books. And I started with books I love. The first thing I do? Go to the one star reviews to see what people don't like about my favorite books.
Most of the reviews were silly, and the reviewers didn't like the book for the silliest (and what I mean by silliest is stupidest!) reasons.
And then it happened. . . I read a review for a book I love. . . and wanted to cry. The review wasn't "Oh wasn't the book for me blah blah blah. . " It wasn't "Oh this book was horribly written and I hate it. Don't read it!" And it wasn't "Wish I hadn't wasted my time or money. . . " Nope. The review began something like this:
"When I first read this book, I LOVED it. It has a great story and the writing is fantastic. And then, well then I read (this other book) and realized that I really don't like this book. Because (this other book) is so much better!!! So don't waste your time, read the other book I mentioned instead."
Okay, seriously!?!?!?!?!?!?! If you like a book, why must you bash it because you found a book you like more?!? Why can't you like both books? Why don't you just NOT review the first book????? *Smacks forehead to desk repeatedly*
Please tell me I am not the only one that finds this horrible wrong? Because if I am, I will delete this post and forget it. But really people, must we bash awesome books? Must we bash books that aren't awesome? Why can't we all just agree that not every book is for everyone?
*Bangs forehead on desk some more*