Monday, August 6, 2012

Why Bad Reviews Are Good

I've gotten a couple of so-so reviews over the last few weeks (along with a couple of nice ones) and while my initial reaction to these affronts was a rich mixture of crap and harrumph, I quickly came to realize these were blessings in disguise.

If nothing else, a two-star rating (at Goodreads) and a three-star rating (at Barnes and Noble) lend credence to all the four- and five-star ratings left by other readers of Tainted Souls on those sites and, where applicable, the nice things they had to say in their reviews of the book. Considering the lengths to which some writers go to get every relative, friend, neighbor or passerby to write a sterling review of their opus, the presence of a couple of clunkers here and there ought to give some testimony that the other reviews are also real, even the somewhat goofy five-star review at B&N that reads, "I real like reading this book."

After all, you can't please everyone.

Do you agree? Or do you still just cringe when someone gives your baby as less-than-perfect score?

1 comment:

Misha Gericke said...

I agree with you. If a writer only has 4/5 star reviews, I kind of assume only friends and family read the book. :-D

Still, it hurts when someone obviously doesn't get what one wrote.