I think one of the best things about the book blogging community is that nobody has got the same tastes in books, we are all different, all have different pet hates and loves and that is reflected in the books we adore or don’t enjoy so much.
The trigger for this blog post was the responses to some reviews on Goodreads. Almost every book has got at least one negative review, and on some of those reviews are comments from people who obviously love the book in question, and aren’t very happy about the negative review. In fact, there are a lot of responses to reviews that are downright rude, offensive and mean-spirited.
Now, there are many books that I LOVE that other bloggers simply don’t like. And that’s fine. In fact I think its great. I actually really enjoy reading reviews that are different to my opinions on that book. Even if I don’t agree with the points they make (and often I don’t) they are and should be allowed to express their opinion. A negative review on a book I love is not offensive to me and it doesn’t diminish the enjoyment I had from that book. In fact I am embarrassed when I see horrible, unqualified criticism that isn’t even about defending the book but attacking the reviewer in question. Yes, it is absolutely ok to disagree with a review on a book but expressing that disagreement in a polite way is a must. There is no need for horrid personal remarks to be made about reviewers and bloggers simply because they didn’t like a book you loved.
I must clarify here that I am not talking about comments which simply disagree with some points made in the review, I am talking about nasty, often aggressive comments that seek to upset the reviewer.
The whole purpose, I think, of Goodreads and the book blogging community as a whole is to discuss and review books in a respectful manner and to respect those reviews. The book blogging community is such a great one to be apart of, and it is only a few who seek to harass others for their opinions on books. As I said, the thing that I love about the book blogging community is the fact that there is so many different opinions. I think that this means that being respectful of others opinions is so important and means that we can all blog/review in peace. Nasty, bullying comments are never acceptable.