I woke up this morning to a very upset author. This happens every now and then, their written work is like their baby and they care about it so I would equal insulting their work to someone insulting their child. It hurts a lot. I really do believe that places like Amazon and B&N and Smashwords should take away the ability to give reviews based on how much of a relevance rating they have. It would be a very useful tool. Some people take the power they’re given and wield it like complete idiots.
We all have done book reports as children. We all know you talk about the book and then give your view on it. What happened when you just said it sucked? Or if you said this sucked and that sucked? Your teacher would ask you why right? Well if they didn’t they should have!
If I read a review and it just says “The plot sucked, the characters didn’t seem real and you should skip this one.” Do you think I’m going to listen to you? NO! You gave me no hardcore evidence. It’s just a series of your opinions. You don’t sound professional at all! Actually you sound like a jerk. What I do when I face a review like that is I’ll ignore it, mark it as not helpful and go read the sample myself. Then I’ll go do an actualy HELPFUL review where even if I didn’t like it, I would tactfully say why and then go into things I did like about it. There’s always gotta be something you liked about a book even if you’re battling to get to the end. Otherwise you’d just drop it. No sense in wasting your time and if you didn’t finish the book, no need to review is there? You didn’t finish the book!
This is honestly senseless people. There is a code of conduct for reviewers and reviews. If you’re going to do a review at least stay professional about it. I’m saying be honest but at least be respectful.