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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.


This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:

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The Black Sheep. The Odd One Out. The Hater. The oh-so infamous negative reviews. When I first started blogging, I didn’t realize that negative reviews were such a big deal. I always thought that ‘honesty was the best policy’ and whether a reviewer rated a book five stars or one star, as long as they were being honest about their rating, then that was all that really mattered. APPARENTLY, I WAS SO WRONG!

I’ve seen it time and time again, bloggers afraid to post their negative review for a fan favorite book. It sucks because bloggers should not feel bad for not liking a book. WE ARE NOT ALL GOING TO LOVE EVERY BOOK WE READ! Hell, if I loved every book I read, I’d be broke as fuck since I only buy the physical books of my most precious faves (thank god for cheap ebooks and my Scribd account). I really don’t understand why negative reviews have such a bad reputation though. They are actually my favorite reviews to read and I know a few bloggers who do a DAMN GOOD job at killing it when it comes to negative reviews. Here are some reasons why I like negative reviews.

NEGATIVE REVIEWS ARE THE EASIEST TO WRITE

Compared to my five-starred reviews, negative reviews have always been easier to write. Not even going to lie, it sometimes takes me up to three hours to write a five-starred review, while it can take me an hour just to whip up a negative review. I mean, how many times can you just keep repeating “I love this…” or “this is my favorite because…”. It just gets to be repetitive. With negative reviews, there are so many more things to discuss and I can even go into more details because trust me, when I hate something, I like to rant, a lot. THROWS ALL THE SHADE!

NEGATIVE REVIEWS ARE THERAPEUTIC

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Personally, I feel if your going to write a negative review, DON’T HOLD BACK! Get all your hate for this book out. Dissect all your issues with book and give reason for why certain things just didn’t work for you. By the time you’re done, you will be ready to move on and erase that mess of a book you just read from your memory. Hopefully, your next read is much better than the last.

NEGATIVE REVIEWS ARE ENTERTAINING AS FUCK

Please tell me that I am not the only one who thinks this because I always end up cackling like a hyena when reading negative reviews. Between the excessive use of profanity and the shady gifs, negative reviews always make me laugh. They GIVE ME SO MUCH LIFE! I never realized that book bloggers had such sassy personalities and I love it!

NEGATIVE REVIEWS OFFER A DIFFERENT POV

Since we’re are not all going to like the same book, I like to see why a book didn’t work for someone else. A perfect example for this scenario is Me Before You. I’ve seen the controversy surrounding Me Before You and while I love that book, many others did not like this book because it promotes ableism. While this does not change my over all feelings of this book, I do keep this idea in the back of my mind when I think about this book and I don’t think I would’ve realized that others felt this way about such a popular book if it weren’t for the negative reviews.


We shouldn’t be so afraid to post negative reviews because at the end of the day, it’s our honest opinion and that’s really the whole point of reviewing books. Even if it is a negative review for a book that everyone loves, don’t be afraid to be that ‘black sheep’ because you never know, there may be other black sheeps out there who share your same views. And to those who think it’s okay to attack those who post negative reviews of a fan favorite book, HAVE A SEAT because y’all are the REAL HATERS!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

How do you feel about negative reviews?

Let me know in the comments!

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29 thoughts on “Negative Reviews: Are They Really Such A Bad Thing? | Rants & Rambles

  1. I like negative reviews. Especially for books that I love. It opens up my eyes to certain things that I might have overlooked. I find nothing wrong with negative reviews and I am definitely not afraid to post one of my own!

    Great post!

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  2. I enjoy reading negative reviews as well–but ones that are critical of the works and not just ragging on a novel just because everyone else “loves” it.

    Why people feel the need to attack reviewers who say negative things is beyond me. Reading is such a personal thing that as Edmund Wilson says “No two persons ever read the same book.” Sure, I’ll mention that I love the series and that I may disagree with their review, but I don’t think less of a person for not enjoying something I did nor will I attack them because of it.

    And negative reviews are SO MUCH easier to write than meh or even 5-star reviews. Lots more material!

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    • I don’t understand why others think it’s okay to attack those who write negative reviews either. I saw many people who gave ACOMAF three stars get attacked and I was shocked. Three stars isn’t even that bad, but I guess some people just can’t handle criticism of their favorite book. They should’ve just not read those reviews if they knew that they would’ve gotten so angry -__-.

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  3. I’ve written a lot of negative reviews, and while I do hate doing it, I’m not going to lie about disliking a book because everyone else likes it. Take The Crown’s Game, for example…I feel like I was the odd one out here, but I really disliked that sucker. I wrote a negative review for that one, even though everyone else wrote glowing ones for it.

    And hey, I love reading negative reviews! They definitely can be entertaining at times, as long as they don’t bash the author and they aren’t hateful toward them!

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    • I, for some reason, actually saw more negative reviews for The Crown’s Game than the glowing ones. I removed that one from my TBR because of all the negative reviews. From what I read though, it sounds like the concept of the book was interesting, but it just wasn’t well executed.

      I’ve read some of you’re negative reviews and I have to say you have quite the talent for writing a negative review and I don’t even feel like I’m reading a negative review. You always somehow find a silver-lining lol.

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  4. I completely agree with you. Everyone has different opinions so people shouldn’t be scared of rating a book 1 star and share their feelings about it. I also agree that negative reviews are way more entertaining and writing it is really therapeutic. I had to write one yesterday and when I finished it felt so good because I really needed to take everything out, talk about it and foerget that I even read that book.

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    • OMG, you and Cristina’s negative review of Lessons of the Heart was hilarious. You’re gifs were so on point! It really is so freeing to just sit down and rant about all the things you hated about a book. Plus, it’s more productive than me just throwing books at the wall, lol.

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      • Hahaha. It was. We both needed to rant a lot about that one. I felt so good after writing that one 😛 . I read that book on my phone so it would be really bad if I threw it at the wall. But believe me, at some points I wanted to XD

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  5. I love reading negative reviews especially with the books that I like, it make me look at it on a different perspective and open my eyes to the that stuff that I possibly overlooked while reading. The best feeling is when you finish a book and you hated it, and then find someone who also hated it. Haha.

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    • I love finding others who hate the same books as me. It turns into a rant-fest and I usually end up hating the book more than I already did. I’ve even found that sometimes I find new reasons to hate that same book because others will point out things that didn’t work for them and why they were problematic. I say that this is also a great way to make new friends XD.

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  6. This is so great! I totally agree; negative reviews are fantastic. I’m still unsure as to why people think negative reviews are a bad thing, though. Is it from a career point of view, or a status point of view? I don’t get it. As a reviewer, I feel it is my job to give my followers honest feedback for books. If that means I’m going to post a hate-filled, ragefest of a rant, I absolutely will do just that. XD

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    • I totally feel the same. I don’t understand why people who attack those who write negative reviews. If you can’t handle someone not liking your favorite book, then you shouldn’t be reading those negative reviews in the first place. Plus, we shouldn’t be taking someone else’s thoughts about a book so personally.

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  7. You brought up some excellent points. It’s not right for reviewers to be attacked simply for sharing their honest opinions, or to abstain from posting one star reviews for fear of this occurring. As long as the reviewer isn’t outright bashing the author, they’re entitled to sharing their perspective of a given book just as much as someone who gave that same work five stars.

    One star reviews are so much easier to write! And I always make a point of looking at negative reviews whenever I purchase a book, and they’re often extremely entertaining 😀

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    • Negative reviews are entertaining for sure and SO HELPFUL when it comes to saving time and money when I’m on the fence about buying a book. I’ve removed a lot of books from my TBR because of negative reviews, especially for overhyped books, which is great because I would hate it if I spent money on a book I didn’t like.

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  8. Negative reviews are essential to creating the kind of honest and intelligent discourse the book blogging community needs and deserves. It’s a waste of both the writer and the readers’ time to write/read disingenuous reviews. I totally agree that they are easy and fun both to write and read, and they are sooooooooooo important.

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    • I totally agree that negative reviews are important because they provide authors the feedback they need in order to better their writing, especially when they are first starting out. It helps them to understand what readers liked, disliked, and what they want more of. Negative reviews should be really seen as constructive criticism, No book is perfect and there is always room for improvement.

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  9. I feel like the majority of my reviews are negative, whoops. I’m just really picky. And like you said, when I dislike something all the reasons why come flowing out of my fingers/mouth. It’s harder to articulate why you like something though.

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  10. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that loves reading negative reviews for their entertainment value! I always felt like I was mean or evil for seeking them out. And yes it doesn’t even take me an hour to write a negative review. There are sometimes just so many things I want to say, and why I didn’t like them. With a positive review, it takes one sentence to just say “I loved the characters and the story”.

    Awesome post!

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    • If seeking out negative reviews makes one evil, then I must be an evil Queen because I am forever reading negative reviews on GR. They really give me so much LIFE and I feel like we also get a little more creative with negative reviews since we get to use all the memes and gifs to slay our reviews. I will never get bored with them.

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  11. As someone who generally writes negative reviews (because for some reason I’m drawn to books that don’t please me LOL), I think they’re a necessary evil to have. For me, I’ve found that the reviews that end up on the polar opposites–the DNF/1 to 4/5 stars–are the easiest to write as most thoughts simply come naturally? I assure you I’m much nicer than my negative reviews would have you believe haha.

    And just to extend on the point of negative reviews, I [personally] find it improbable for anyone to magically find PERFECT books every damn time they pick up a book. I mean, sure if you’re a wizard but it I give major shifty eyes to those who’re dropping perfect ratings left and right.

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    • I am probably the only blogger out there who has yet to rate a book 1 star. I have yet to find a book I completely despise, lol. But the few two-star reviews that I’ve written have probably been the most fun to write.No book is truly ‘perfect’ and there is always room for improvement.

      I always side eye bloggers who give six star reviews. They always throw me off my rating scale and some of those six star reviews are NOT even worth those stars in the first place. I end up wondering if they read a different version than I did because some of those books are not even worth it -__-.

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