Why I’m Sick Of Authors Getting Pissed at Bad Reviews

Sorry about my meltdown last time I posted. I just needed to get a lot off of my chest. I’m not usually the type to say how I feel, so I’m learning how to be better at it. I think I just need to do it without scaring people, so if I scared the shit out of you, I apologize. I’m getting my shit together, and I’m learning to cope. I am OK. I hope you are too.

I know I’m not the first person to talk about this topic, and they may be able to say this more eloquently than I, but going off the theme of getting things off my chest, I have to say, I am so, so, so, so SICK of authors getting pissed at one star reviews. I feel like we’ve been seeing this absolutely disgusting behavior more often now. Especially abhorrent things like this. (Note: You may need to zoom in to read it.) As an author and fellow reader, I feel disrespected.

First of all, especially if you are a fellow indie author and you’re doing this? You are representing other indie authors, and are making us get taken less seriously. We already have a hard enough time getting our work out there and getting people to notice it, we don’t need them to notice it for all the wrong reasons. I get it; you put a lot of hard work into your book. There were many hours of sleepless nights and tears and blood and sweat and  . . . yeah, I get it. But you know something?

Nobody cares.

And they shouldn’t. None of that should ever factor into a reader’s feelings towards a book. You know why?

Because they paid for your book with their hard-earned cash, and they spent their time with it. Those factors should make any argument that anyone ever has towards a negative review null and void. Both are precious resources to a lot of people. Unless the review says, “The author is a shit stain and I hope they get a serious disease and die,” there’s no reason why people should start arguing, threatening, or otherwise trying to convince the reader that their opinion is wrong.

You know who’s wrong? YOU ARE. I work a full time job, and I know what it’s like budgeting for entertainment. When I purchase anything, be it a video game, book, movie, whatever, I have the right to say ANYTHING about it. And you do, too. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

I also hate the bullshit argument, “Well if you don’t like it, then maybe you should try doing x.” Excuse my language, but fuck you. It’s not the customer’s job to make a better piece of entertainment. It should be YOUR job to accept the feedback if you want to, and feel honored that somebody was willing to spend their money and time on you. Be grateful for once and shut the hell up.

I also have to take issue with others coming to the author’s defense. Look, nobody buys anything and hopes to God that they hate it with a passion of a thousand suns. Not unless they are doing it ironically. I went to the theater to see The Boy Next Door. I have nobody to blame but myself for that one, but I knew what I was getting into. Nobody else wants to be “that guy” and shit all over something everybody loves. I like to think that people are offering up their own perspective of the work. That’s what makes most entertainment so enjoyable to me, because people have different experiences with it, and it leads me to see things in a new light.

Basically, that’s what reviews should be: a discussion point. It shouldn’t be an excuse for people to start attacking each other and accusing each other of jealousy. Nobody is jealous. If a negative review hurts your feelings SO MUCH that you feel like you have to “correct” the reviewer, then maybe you should find a different occupation.

Thank you, that is all.

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