Some of the dumbest arguments you can give “against” a bad review.
Authors and readers alike, that share a certain dramatic tendency, feel the need to argue why they like a certain book, especially when faced with a negative review of that revered tome. They often give really bad arguments against negative reviews in particular. They’ll argue their point within comments on the review, or sometimes take it to social media, even email the reviewer and tell them “how they are wrong” concerning their opinion. When the author of the book does this, we tend to get really offended. Slapping them with the dreaded BBA (Badly Behaving Author) label of damnation and doom. But, some of the time, this arguing is done by other readers.
The basic fact of the matter is that when faced with negativity they forget one big shinning truth. Taste is relative. And a review of a book is a matter of taste. Can you argue a child into liking carrots by telling him or her that “they are good for you?”
This isn’t global warming people, you can’t shore up your stance on the matter with facts, figures and political speeches. You either like it or you don’t. Getting all nasty because another blogger disliked your fave book – is just – well idiocy.
Here are some examples of stupid arguments that I’ve received…you know “to talk me into” liking the book.
- Who are you to even review the book? You are just some, some, Book Blogger, not even a reviewer!!
- This book has over 100 5-star reviews on Amazon! Most people like it, there must be something wrong with you.
- James Joyce did the same POV shift and writing technique and he is an amazing writer!
- The author is amazing! How can you not like amazing?
- If you don’t like this book, then you just don’t like the entire genre!
- This isn’t even a review, it’s an attack against the author!
- We must have read a different book, because everything you said about this book – well, I just didn’t read those things.
- It wasn’t satire! It was a comedic expression of romance.
- You spelled the main character’s name wrong, if you can’t even get that right, how can we trust anything else?
- That is not what the author meant to convey at all! You read the book wrong.
- This book was not bad! It was great! And you are just being mean!
- The main character was not dumb like you stated, she was very intellectual – as proven by page 5, 92, 54 and 100. How could a dumb character accomplish those tasks?
- You liked XXX book, but you didn’t like this one? Obviously you are the one with bad taste.