It’s a terrible thought, right? But to some extent, for some reviewers . . . it’s true.
Like, admittedly, me. When I was writing this post I asked myself why. Why is it so much easier to give out criticism rather than praise? And does that make us horrible people to admit that? So I decided I would make a list of the reasons why I think negative reviews are harder for me, personally, to write than positive ones.
- Humans like to complain. About everything. So when I come across a book I don’t like . . . then I vent.
- Sometimes, there is something about a book — a character, a scene, something — that might strike a nerve for me. And then I just find it so much easier to write about. Emotion equals writing.
- When a book is so freakin’ awesome, how am I supposed to come up with the epic words to descrirbe how awesome it really is? I’ve been meaning to write a review of Days of Blood and Starlight and Heir of Fire . . . but it’s. so. hard. Those books were SO GOOD that my words always seem too . . . pale in comparison.
I believe these are all valid points . . . but damn, I still feel like a horrible person for admitting this.
This is something I’ve thought about for a long, long time, but I was talking about it with a friend the other day and I realized: obviously, I’m not the only reviewer who thinks so. Now it’s poll time! If you’re a reviewer, vote for whatever applies to you the most. I would love to know.