Hey, internet friends, what’s the dillio?? What’s the haps? What’s down with the cool kids? Okay, I’ll stop. ~Sorry, I’m in a weird mood~
I’m am here today, my lovely internet friends to have a bit of a rant… This isn’t directed at any one person in particular but at like a concept I keep seeing popping up all over the blogisphere and bookstagram, and that is that we (as reviewers) shouldn’t say ‘This book sucks’. ‘The book was so bad I wouldn’t feed it to a paper eating demon of evil’. ‘I would give this book to a Nazi Book Burner just so I didn’t own it anymore’. You get the gist. Apparently we shouldn’t be using negative language to describe a book we didn’t like. Well I’m here to say pish!
I’ve heard people say that we shouldn’t be using negative language because:
- You’re personal opinion that a book is shit may deter someone else from giving that book a chance.
- It’s disrespectful to an author, to use such harsh language to describe something they’ve worked so hard on.
- Someone reading your review could LOVE that book and you saying you hate it is mind bogglingly madding. (This is my personal fav, because I can totally relate – if someone say’s they don’t like ToG I’m like over here like, ‘What is wrong with you! You Peasant’)
- Such harsh language is going too far when you could simply say ‘This book just wasn’t for me’.
Well, my book loving buddies, I’m here to say Freedom of Speech, Bruh.
A book is not never solely brilliant or shit. There is not one book out there in the world that is THE-GREATEST-BOOK-EVER-AND-EVERYONE-WHO-READS-IT-FALLS-IN-LOVE-AND-LOVES-IT-JUST-AS-MUCH. Some people don’t like Harry Potter, guys. I know its cray cray to us but they exist. And the reason they exist is because all our personal experiences with the world build up to create our very own, completely unique, perception of reality. How do you know your light blue, is the same as my light blue.
This completely unique perception causes me to like vegemite-and-eggs-on-toast and you to think it’s normal and not totally weird and disgusting to eat peanut butter (no, I’m not bias at all, bro!).
So talking about reviewing books, we can all sit down an very robotically agree that a book has amazing writing, that the world building was thorough, the character’s had a great arch, but in the end that isn’t what we rate a book on. We rate a book on whether or not it caused us to run around flailing at strangers to READ THIS AMAZING BOOK. We rate a book on how we feel about it, which is 10,000% a opinion.
So next time you’re reading a book review of a book you like, or where interested in reading, that says ‘This book was so shit, that I would make sure in a zombie apocalypse I would save Every. Single. Other. Book. But this ONE’ That you think, hey this person really didn’t like this book, but that’s a-okay because it’s their personal opinion! Not jump on censorship train and get mad that someone didn’t politically correctly say ‘I just couldn’t connect with this book’ on thier own little corner of the internet. In our own corners of the internet, we are Queens and get to say what-ever the hell we want!
Also, to all those ‘The author, worked so hard blah blah blah’ I am well aware that authors work hard, I am also aware that authors know that not everyone will like their books. These people create intricate paper people who to have their own likes and dislikes, they are all for an individual’s freedom to say whatever they want.