As a bit of fun, I thought I’d put together a list of responses that negative reviews sometimes generate (I have seen, or heard about, variations on all of these). Eyes down for the full house…
|It’s just your opinion.
|You are jealous of the author.
|What are your qualifications?
|You are overthinking.
|You don’t understand the genre.
|You don’t appreciate how much time and effort the author put in.
|You make unreasonable demands of the book.
|How many novels have you written?
|I don’t care about good writing; I just want to be entertained.
|You want to appear smarter than you are.
|You don’t know good books.
|You have a vendetta.
|Who reviews the reviewers?
|You are just trying to prove that you are cleverer than the author.
|You are being deliberately contrarian to satisfy your ego.
|You should be grateful to the author for having written the book.
|You really need to have read the other books in the series.
|Look at all these 5* reviews of the book!
|If you had read the book properly, you would see that…
|You shouldn’t be critical.