I actually haven’t had to write many negative reviews. My first review for The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was not very positive. While the book itself was well-written, I simply didn’t enjoy it. Conveying this time of feeling in a review is a bit of a challenge because I don’t want to offend someone with my wording.
When I am set to writing a negative review, I ensure I am speaking to the things I did not enjoy, but also pulling out the positives in the book. I don’t write reviews for shock value or to create drama; I write them because I want to share my experience reading a book to hopefully help someone else and document my reading adventures.
The goal is to inform, not to offend. That being said, if my words do offend someone, I know that I did my best to be professional about what I’m writing.
Have you had any experience writing negative reviews? How were they received? Have you witnessed any reviewing drama?
Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 13
I am thankful for clear, star-filled skies. They are a great reminder that there is so much more out there, beyond who and what I am. That the negatives in life are just a small piece of the picture.