One and 2 star reviews – the horror! I know there are a lot of authors who detest the dreaded 1 or 2 star reviews (and DNF reviews) but as a reader, I prefer reading these reviews. Now, I am not saying that I want to read those that have author bashing and insults and those that are just irrelevant to the whole book – I am talking about those reviews that have meaning, that outline or point out the things that do not work for the reader or the plot as a whole. I follow blogs that have those type of reviews and also read them on Goodreads.
Here are the reasons why I prefer them, as opposed to the 4 or 5 star reviews:
- They highlight those that are not working in the book, like plot holes, instalove. I would want to know if there are plot holes in these books because more often that not, I end up DNFing these types of books. I would want to know the negatives first before reading and/or skipping the book altogether.
- Some of these reviews are so well written that they actually entice me to read the book. I know that’s weird but I have actually read new-to-me authors this way. And this is not to say that I hated the book. I ended up loving it!
- I love reading reviews that are completing opposite to what my review is. This is the case when I gave a book a 4 or 5 star review, post them on Goodreads, and can’t help but see the 1 or 2 star reviews. I think this gives me another perspective on things. Plus, I love reading about things that disagree with my views since I hardly have anyone to talk to/discuss with about books (yeah, Pierre has a new hobby and he hasn’t been reading books so far).
- I feel like I find more honest 1 or 2 star reviews. Mind you, these are by the reviewers that I do follow (and I don’t follow anyone willy nilly). There is one reviewer who, despite having a lot of cussing in her reviews, she gives her honest view of it, and I haven’t read any author bashing from her end. There is also another reviewer who I follow that give great negative reviews.
I just want to add that I do not condone author bashing or bullying or ganging up on authors (and even reviewers) through negative reviews. I respect everyone’s thoughts and I know that not everyone has the same thoughts as mine about a certain book. I have had great bookish discussions over books with a person who hated the book that I loved. It was a very enlightening and enjoyable discussion that gave me a different perspective on the book being discussed.
What about you? Do you avoid or read negative 1 or 2 star reviews? Share your thoughts below.