Since I am awake, I am going to have my venting time.. This is something that I have thought about quite frequently over the past month or so, but now I figure I’ll actually get it out.
Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books, was getting death threats because of how she ended her series. From her last release, she had gotten 940 1 star reviews on her book. Now I haven’t read through all of them, but the majority that I did read though all had 1 thing in common. People were mad about how she ended the book. They gave it a 1 star because of who she chose the characters to end up with! How stupid is that?
Sylvia Day, author of the Crossfire series, has gotten 514 1 star reviews on her newest release. The majority of those are because people are pissed that the book is going to be 5 parts instead of 3. The reviews don’t really talk about the book though.
And then we have Kendall Grey, whose book Strings caused a huge thing on Goodreads because of her post that she did on a blog?
There are plenty of authors out there that are going through this, these 3 are just the big ones that I personally have noticed recently.
My BIG issue with this is:
The reviews that we write are to help the authors understand what we thought about the book! If you didn’t like the way that a certain character was portrayed, say that. But don’t have a huge hissy fit over the fact that you don’t like who ended up with who.
So what if an author extends her series, it is THEIR choice. If they think the story is that great that they can give YOU the READER more of the characters that you are craving for, then you should be THANKING them for doing that! Instead of complaining about it happening.
As for Miss Kendall, I read her book Strings, and yes there were parts where I was like WTF but in all honesty, why are you giving her a 1 star review because of something that she posted on her blog? I get that she explained how she was selling out, (and I do personally have issues with how she went about doing that) but if you read the review that I wrote, it has NOTHING to do with what her blog post said. You write a review on the BOOK not on the author themselves.
So this is it, I’m going to assume that everyone who reads these types of books are adults, so act like it. There is no reason for you to be having your temper tantrums because Sookie left Eric and ended up with Sam. Don’t be hating on Sylvia because she decided to give you more Gideon, which everyone knows you have been begging for. And don’t be judging someone’s book just because of what they said about themselves.So this is my apology to all the author’s out there who have suffered from negative reviews because of some readers. I know at times they make you wonder why you even keep writing, but just know this:
You do have your fans who love you and will keep reading what you are writing. And there are the reviewers out there that will give you an honest review of your book.
So thank you all 🙂