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Sunday, February 06, 2005
Am I the only person who doesn't read romance reviews? Reviews seem to be a hot button (although I'm probably the last on the blogger bandwagon here) and have been the topic at riemannia, RTB and Maili's blog.

But I don't get it. Why would I care about someone else's opinion of a book? What if they don't share my tastes? I've had friends recommend books they love that I think are absolute duds. Serious wallbangers. Which then sometimes calls into question the taste of said friends. I've also had friends recommend books that end up on the keeper shelf, but that's quite rare. I've read books that I've really loved, only to see them panned by people who set themselves up as being "in the know."

What do they know? They know what they like. Congratulations. I know what I like, too, and it probably isn't the same thing.

The general point of the aforementioned blogs is that reviewers should be honest and not pander to author's fragile egos. What the heck do authors care anyway? They made it, baby! They have accomplished the increasingly impossible task of actually getting a real live paperbound book out there! If that ever happens to me, you can bet your sweet bippy that I'm not going to be wasting my celebrating time reading someone's review.

So tell me. Am I the only person who really doesn't care about reviews?
2/06/2005 08:51:00 AM : : Sela Carsen : : 10 Comments

10 Comments:

Yup. I don't care either. I'll buy a book if I like the author, like the premise, like the cover, like the blurb, like the front page. Don't read romance reviews.

When my own book comes out I'm gonna read them obsessively and stab everybody who only gives my book four stars.

By Blogger Julie, at 5:39 PM  

I'm there too. I never read reviwes. But I imagine I'll read my own, and probably cry over them. LOL

By Blogger Sasha White, at 5:47 PM  

I don't care about romance reviews. Except the ones about MY books. LOL.

Suzanne

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:43 PM  

>The general point of the aforementioned blogs is that reviewers should be honest and not pander to author's fragile egos.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMEN BABYYYYYYYY Very well said , Susan!

I read the reviews at amazon --usually kirkus and pub weekly though I have no idea how unbaised they are and I read Mrs. Giggles LOL but I dont really let that influence my buying too much. I'll still buy my auto-buys (though I have a 3 strikes rule), I'll still try new stuff.

By Blogger Amie Stuart, at 7:44 PM  

I enjoy reading reviews. Not every review certainly and they tend to be more interesting when I know something about the author or the book. But I suppose it's a way of finding new reads. There are some sources I don't trust. Romantic Times and I seem way out of sync as I roll my eyes through some top pick and am totally caught up by their two star review.

Not that anyone else should like reading reveiws!

I also like word of mouth. I don't expect every book someone else loves to be a good read for me though. That's why I use the library a lot.

By Blogger ma, at 10:19 PM  

I read reviews all the time. Partly as entertainment. ::coughcoughMrsGigglescoughcough::, partly as a synopsis and also, I'm interested in anyone's opinion. Does it influence? Yep. Based on the *information* supplied, not the opinion. And usually, it influences me in the positive rather than negative--I'll check out a book, that I may not have been interested in before, but rarely does a negative review turn me off/ or change my mind from buying something I'm planning to.

By Blogger Jaye, at 8:55 PM  

This got me giggling because I'm usually the one chattering away to strangers. I'm Canadian, though, and we do that a lot.

Not all Americans are that friendly, by the way. In the South, yes, for sure. But up here in New York, no way!!

By Blogger Trace, at 12:15 PM  

Only time i read reviews on any book is when i hear alot of ppl say they dont like something lol
Other than that i read a book because i want to.

(came over from Suzanne McMinns)
Beth

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:12 AM  

I'm kind of a wishy-washy reader of reviews. I do go to them when I'm on the fence about a book, but funnily enough, if I'm leaning toward "want it" I'll get the book even if the review is not so great.

What drives me crazy is when I read a raving review, get the book, then wonder what all the fuss was about. I can never figure out if I've just missed something way deeper than I am or if my standards are just impossibly high that I didn't find Greatest Book Ever to be that.

And I have a good number of favs that others have dissed.

I do like to write reviews, though. Always love to run off at the mouth about what I think *g*.

By Blogger Lynn M, at 1:53 PM  

I write them but... heh... I don't read them much

By Anonymous veinglory, at 10:16 PM  

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