You read a book and you end up liking it or disliking it. The feeling that comes over you is that you really have to talk about the book and give your opinion of the story. Thus you are creating a review about the story. Of course, it could be a wonderful review and gushing about the writing style of the author or plot of the novel. Maybe something about the book could have rubbed you the wrong way and you just have to state that.
I have seen a lot of chatter lately about reviews, good and bad, and how the reviewers and authors attack one another. I figured I would weigh in my two cents. Personally, I don’t write reviews because I am horrible at voicing my opinions. I either state I like something or I don’t like it. Normally, I don’t pull apart the plot or the editing or the characters because I would get one or two sentences about the book and that would be about it whether I liked it or not.
However, I’ve had plenty of reviews good and bad. As they are opinions everyone is entitled to them. When it comes to bashing someone, I don’t think that’s right. Nor is it right for the author to answer back and start bashing the editor. It’s a two way street. If an author does respond to a review good or bad, in my opinion, it should just be short and courteous. Bashing on reviews is unprofessional and it just hurts on both sides of the reviewer and the author.
If someone likes a book, awesome or if a person doesn’t like a book and talks about it, that is good to. Just do it nicely.
What do you think?