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[Articles & Opinions] Why should authors read your bad reviews?

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Post time: 2-7-2019 10:13:18 Posted From Mobile Phone
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After Angie Thomas requested that she not be tagged into negative reviews of her books on social media, she has received a torrent of abuse.
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‘We are people with feelings’ ... Angie Thomas. Photograph: Imani Khayyam/The Observer
▼ History has yet to find the book that is universally adored – or the author who enjoys reading bad reviews. While Angie  Thomashas topped the charts and scooped up armloads of awards for her two young adult novels, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, her recent request that book bloggers stop sending her their negative reviews saw her on the receiving end of a wave of vitriol.
Thomas wasn’t asking reviewers to stop writing bad reviews. She was just asking that they didn’t give her a prod on Twitter or Instagram to tell her about it.
“Guess what? WE ARE PEOPLE WITH FEELINGS. What’s the point of tagging an author in a negative review? Really?” she  wrote on Twitter. “We have to protect our mental space. Too many opinions, good or bad, can affect that … Getting feedback from too many sources can harm your writing process. I have a group of people whose feedback I value – my editor, my agent, other authors who act as beta readers. With the position I’m in, social media is for interacting with readers, not for getting critiques.”
Thomas has subsequently been subjected to online abuse from readers and reviewers. One reader announced that they’ll throw her books away. Others said that her response made them disinclined to read her. (“When people are rude and negative this way it makes me not want to support them.”) Some opined that “talking hood” – Thomas’s books dip in and out of African American vernacular – makes her seem “extremely unintelligent”.
Authors have been saying for  yearsthat they would prefer not to be tagged in bad reviews on social media. (▪ ▪ ▪)

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Post time: 8-7-2019 15:53:44
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Unfortunately social media is blurring the boundaries very fast and it would be a fierce debate about who is right or who is wrong. Some may agree, some may not.
When a reader purchases a book, its alright for the reader to give feedback on the book. However while giving feedback on social media, reader must not cross boundaries or troll the author. Instead of social media, reader has use other ways like e-mail or letter or blogging.
On the other hand, Author should also be able to digest negative comments when they had written a bad book. Not every book is a masterpiece. There will always be some negativity on social media. You can not make everyone happy. How to face or avoid such negativity, depends on each individual author.

Now a days, one comment even with slightest negativity, can be blown out of proportionality.
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Post time: 27-8-2019 10:59:00
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When we purchase a product, we have a freedom of speech to express whether we find it worth our money and also our precious time (especially in case of books and movies).Hence, it is unwarranted to be demanded to suppress our opinions whenever it is not in favor of a certain book. It can also be helpful to the author if he/she can make a constructive criticism out of the negative review and apply it in his/ her upcoming projects. No author is born perfect. And it takes a neutral and sometimes a bit harsh eyes of the reader to find the flaws that may have escaped the authors since their creations must be like their children; therefore apparently beyond any imperfection. However, if the author chooses not to learn from negative feedbacks and only feel hurt taking it as personal insult, then the negative reviews do not serve any purpose. So, any reviews, be it positive or negative, it need not be shoved into the authors' faces in emails/ letter etc. But every reader has a right to express their views on any book in their personal blogs, e- commercial sites( Amazon etc.)provided the author is not purposefully humiliated/ trolled. If an author feels her connection with her book is over right after the publishing, then no use forcing her to read the feedbacks, positive or negative.
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