Why the Drama?

3.16.2012
It seems like every time the drama-rama between reviewers and authors is over, some other author decides to say something. And it's always on Twitter.

Warning: Slightly rant-like.

There's this thing called email. If an author wants to complain about a review they got, why don't they just email a close friend? Granted, some emails get leaked, *cough cough Leigh Fallon cough* but I really don't think that's a daily occurrence. Because, HEY, did you know that people can pretty much see EVERYTHING on Twitter? No? Well, they can.

I also think it's slightly funny how suddenly bloggers are putting those authors on their shit lists and complaining about how "egotistical" some authors are. Newsflash: Authors have a right to not like your review. They do not, however, have a right to call you out on it. Or start calling you names. (Pettiness, anyone?)

Basically: Reviewers have a right to not like a book. I admit that some of them are way more harsh than necessary on occasion, but what can you do about it? And authors have a right to disagree with a review. But they also need to realize, no, their book isn't perfect to every single person. If there was a book that every single person rated 5 stars, I would suspect brainwash. AND YOU KNOW YOU WOULD, TOO.

Anyway. I know everyone knows these things. This is basically common sense. But it still makes me wonder: If all of these facts are so obvious, why is there still so much drama? Drama-llamas are not as fun as their names are~

This picture pertains particularly well to the author/reviewer world:
(Also the llama is really cute.)

~Zoey~
15 comments on "Why the Drama?"
  1. (If I agree with you do I get a llama?)
    Even if I don't, I agree!

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  2. Hm... So true. Luv the llama, by the way :p

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  3. Drama llama. Heh. :)

    But yeah, I agree. As a book reviewer/aspiring author, I can see both not liking a book and wanting your book to be liked. And while I'm sure it's a crushing blow to get a bad review (and I'm very much against overly mean reviews), calling out that person in a public forum is not cool. At all.

    So yeah. That's just my opinion. ;)

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  4. Love the drama llama. It's very cute. I completely agree. I don't know why there has to be so much drama. It's sad actually. Everyone has their own opinions. (Though I do agree, I hate seeing a mean review, that is completely unnecessary.) There is enough other stuff going on in the world, why do we have to get worked up about book reviews. Spread love not hate!!

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  5. I completely agree! It's always irritated me when they get in some big argument in a public place. Also, you can be nice about it. I've not liked books before, but I've given good reason and always say that maybe it wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean it isn't for someone else. I always try and give a reason someone else may like it even though I didn't. However, the authors should be mature too. You're completely right that every single person won't like every single book, but that's just the way it is! Besides, the whole point of book blogging is to give our opinion whether they like that opinion or not.

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie Oh, For the Love of Books!

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  6. I just ignore it all... I don't understand it from either perspective to be honest. I don't think authors should be saying anything disrespectful about a reviewer and/or their review in public, but I also think some reviewers are way too harsh in their reviews. There's a difference between constructive criticism and being downright mean.

    P.S. Do I get a llama too?

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  7. I can't believe all the drama. My biggest peeve has been the Kiera Cass commotion. She called a reviewer a bitch on twitter ! TWITTER ! Where all your followers can see it and since there are only a few reviews on her book it was easy to see who she was targeting.

    How could Cass get so mad over one goodreads review when she is about to have a CW TV show made out of her unrealeased book ?

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  8. This is a great post topic. There needs to be a mutual respect between authors and reviewers. The first thing a reviewer wants to do when they hate a book is to blast it online; but like you said, what you put online EVERYONE can see. And it's disrespectful to completely diss a book; even if you don't like it. You can easily write a respectful view, while still not liking the book. It's A LOT of work to write a book, so an author will be defensive of their work of art that took so long to write and get published etc; and everyone is entitled to their own opinions but again I think it comes down to not everyone liking the same style writing/genre/etc but keeping your review tasteful.

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  9. First: This reminded me of my shirt that says "Save the Drama for Your Llama" on it w/ a picture of a llama wearing sunglasses.

    Second: I've seen the same picture, minus the caption. Instead, it was, "This llamma is wearing a scarf and he feels proud about it."

    Haha. Just thought I should mention it.

    But... whazzup with Leigh Fallon? Did I miss something? What happened?!

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  10. I don't know, I think the authors come across as SUPER immature and unprofessional. I get that reading bad reviews has to sting but you know what, it's part of the job. People are going to say things and some of them will be bad but them's the breaks when you put your work out there for profit.

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  11. Zoey...why didn't you tell me EVERYTHING went on TWITTER?!? LOL ok so probably shouldn't joke. I agree with you, way too much drama. I try to stay away from it the best that I can.

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  12. I have heard of this being a huge issue lately but thankfully have not gotten any backlash from authors over my reviews. The only reviews I can see an author having a problem with are the ones that seem to pick on the book and author as apposed to offering a constructive review. I've said this before and I'll say it again, not everyone is going to like the same thing. Heck look at the Hunger Games for example. It has a TON of 5 star reviews but it still has those 1 stars as well.

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  13. I must agree with what you are saying. And that email from Fallon was just...unacceptable.

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  14. I think people forget reviews are OPINIONS. Some you agree with, some you don't.

    It's difficult for some people to give negative reviews, while some aren't so afraid.
    When I do, I always try to point out what I both liked and disliked. How it weights out in the end boils down to (mostly) personal preferences.

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3.16.2012

Why the Drama?

It seems like every time the drama-rama between reviewers and authors is over, some other author decides to say something. And it's always on Twitter.

Warning: Slightly rant-like.

There's this thing called email. If an author wants to complain about a review they got, why don't they just email a close friend? Granted, some emails get leaked, *cough cough Leigh Fallon cough* but I really don't think that's a daily occurrence. Because, HEY, did you know that people can pretty much see EVERYTHING on Twitter? No? Well, they can.

I also think it's slightly funny how suddenly bloggers are putting those authors on their shit lists and complaining about how "egotistical" some authors are. Newsflash: Authors have a right to not like your review. They do not, however, have a right to call you out on it. Or start calling you names. (Pettiness, anyone?)

Basically: Reviewers have a right to not like a book. I admit that some of them are way more harsh than necessary on occasion, but what can you do about it? And authors have a right to disagree with a review. But they also need to realize, no, their book isn't perfect to every single person. If there was a book that every single person rated 5 stars, I would suspect brainwash. AND YOU KNOW YOU WOULD, TOO.

Anyway. I know everyone knows these things. This is basically common sense. But it still makes me wonder: If all of these facts are so obvious, why is there still so much drama? Drama-llamas are not as fun as their names are~

This picture pertains particularly well to the author/reviewer world:
(Also the llama is really cute.)

~Zoey~

15 comments:

  1. (If I agree with you do I get a llama?)
    Even if I don't, I agree!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hm... So true. Luv the llama, by the way :p

    ReplyDelete
  3. Drama llama. Heh. :)

    But yeah, I agree. As a book reviewer/aspiring author, I can see both not liking a book and wanting your book to be liked. And while I'm sure it's a crushing blow to get a bad review (and I'm very much against overly mean reviews), calling out that person in a public forum is not cool. At all.

    So yeah. That's just my opinion. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the drama llama. It's very cute. I completely agree. I don't know why there has to be so much drama. It's sad actually. Everyone has their own opinions. (Though I do agree, I hate seeing a mean review, that is completely unnecessary.) There is enough other stuff going on in the world, why do we have to get worked up about book reviews. Spread love not hate!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I completely agree! It's always irritated me when they get in some big argument in a public place. Also, you can be nice about it. I've not liked books before, but I've given good reason and always say that maybe it wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean it isn't for someone else. I always try and give a reason someone else may like it even though I didn't. However, the authors should be mature too. You're completely right that every single person won't like every single book, but that's just the way it is! Besides, the whole point of book blogging is to give our opinion whether they like that opinion or not.

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie Oh, For the Love of Books!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I just ignore it all... I don't understand it from either perspective to be honest. I don't think authors should be saying anything disrespectful about a reviewer and/or their review in public, but I also think some reviewers are way too harsh in their reviews. There's a difference between constructive criticism and being downright mean.

    P.S. Do I get a llama too?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I can't believe all the drama. My biggest peeve has been the Kiera Cass commotion. She called a reviewer a bitch on twitter ! TWITTER ! Where all your followers can see it and since there are only a few reviews on her book it was easy to see who she was targeting.

    How could Cass get so mad over one goodreads review when she is about to have a CW TV show made out of her unrealeased book ?

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is a great post topic. There needs to be a mutual respect between authors and reviewers. The first thing a reviewer wants to do when they hate a book is to blast it online; but like you said, what you put online EVERYONE can see. And it's disrespectful to completely diss a book; even if you don't like it. You can easily write a respectful view, while still not liking the book. It's A LOT of work to write a book, so an author will be defensive of their work of art that took so long to write and get published etc; and everyone is entitled to their own opinions but again I think it comes down to not everyone liking the same style writing/genre/etc but keeping your review tasteful.

    ReplyDelete
  9. First: This reminded me of my shirt that says "Save the Drama for Your Llama" on it w/ a picture of a llama wearing sunglasses.

    Second: I've seen the same picture, minus the caption. Instead, it was, "This llamma is wearing a scarf and he feels proud about it."

    Haha. Just thought I should mention it.

    But... whazzup with Leigh Fallon? Did I miss something? What happened?!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I don't know, I think the authors come across as SUPER immature and unprofessional. I get that reading bad reviews has to sting but you know what, it's part of the job. People are going to say things and some of them will be bad but them's the breaks when you put your work out there for profit.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Zoey...why didn't you tell me EVERYTHING went on TWITTER?!? LOL ok so probably shouldn't joke. I agree with you, way too much drama. I try to stay away from it the best that I can.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have heard of this being a huge issue lately but thankfully have not gotten any backlash from authors over my reviews. The only reviews I can see an author having a problem with are the ones that seem to pick on the book and author as apposed to offering a constructive review. I've said this before and I'll say it again, not everyone is going to like the same thing. Heck look at the Hunger Games for example. It has a TON of 5 star reviews but it still has those 1 stars as well.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I must agree with what you are saying. And that email from Fallon was just...unacceptable.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think people forget reviews are OPINIONS. Some you agree with, some you don't.

    It's difficult for some people to give negative reviews, while some aren't so afraid.
    When I do, I always try to point out what I both liked and disliked. How it weights out in the end boils down to (mostly) personal preferences.

    ReplyDelete