Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I haz a ponder....about censoring reviews
My first reaction was that they had approached me, so no way was I going to change my review! But I did. I found myself softening my stance and rewriting my review several times. I finally caught myself, stopped, and decided to post what I had already written. As I hadn't completed the other review yet, I didn't bother to finish.
The thing is, I don't like to post so-called "negative" reviews. I try to find something positive to say about the book, no matter what rating I assign. I also don't want to post nothing but positive reviews, as I don't like every book I read.
My goal is to post honest reviews and explain why I may/may not have liked a book. I don't always succeed in this, but I try. Everyone has their own opinion about negative vs positive reviews, but I like to see a mix. These two requests, coming so close together, made me question myself and left me a little unsettled.
I can count on one hand the number of review requests I've made over the years. I can count on no hands the number of requested books I've actually received: zero. My books come from the bookstore, email offers, the library, contests, and BEA. I can sort of understand someone asking for a positive review if I specifically requested a title, but if they approached me? That didn't sit well.
I'm a little upset that I changed my review because the person who originally made the offer asked that I not post anything negative. Left a sour taste in my mouth, and I almost want to stop accepting anything. It's not like I don't have enough books to read for the next few years (just ask my DH!). And there's always netGalley, who only asks that you submit a review and doesn't dictate terms.
Am curious how others have dealt with this? I don't want to trash the book, as the author didn't make the request. Also don't like mean reviews, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone who can actually complete an entire novel and get it published! I know that I could never finish a manuscript (not disciplined enough).
Anyway.....like I said, I'm not happy with my reaction and could use some advice.