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Old 05-01-2012, 01:18 PM   #16
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I saw a 1 star review for a zombie book once that was complaining that it was too violent. I bought it straight away, but I was quite disappointed because it wasn't as violent as I expected it to be based on the review.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #17
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I gave a 1-star review to the Meat Lover's Guide to Cooking because it didn't have enough vegetarian recipes. Then I gave a 1-star review All Vegetables All the Time: a Vegetable Loving Vegan's Guide to Cooking Nothing But Vegan Vegetables for not having enough met recipes.

Well, not really, but you do see reviews like that.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:31 PM   #18
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its fairly easy to spot the troll reviews. they're usually 1 sentence long,filled with bizarre grammar and utterly lack punctuation.

however there are funny and creative troll reviews-

http://www.uhpinions.com/
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:49 PM   #19
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Thanks for that link, xg!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #20
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Authors have to grow a thick skin, however. Even award-winning authors get 1 star reviews. Not that it doesn't sting, but it is to be expected. What one likes and doesn't like is very subjective.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:30 PM   #21
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It seems that for many, bad reviews are supposed to reflect on the reviewer's refined tastes and I'll pay a lot more attention to a one-star review of an electonic device than I will for a book or restaurant.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:51 AM   #22
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The real killer for me is an author who tells me how many cats they own, I'm clicking that back button faster than you can microwave a kitten.
Oh, I have one cat named Persephone.

How kind of you to ask!

I have some pictures here if you'd like to see ....
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:06 PM   #23
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My first book has both 5 and 1 star reviews. I have had some very insulting reviews, and some great praises. Currently the praises are way ahead of the insults, so I carry on. It is hard to know what makes people want to anything, you just have to develop a thick skin and carry on.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:43 PM   #24
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My first book has both 5 and 1 star reviews. I have had some very insulting reviews, and some great praises. Currently the praises are way ahead of the insults, so I carry on. It is hard to know what makes people want to anything, you just have to develop a thick skin and carry on.
Funny how fate plays out... while I was here posting that I got a new FIVE star review on B&N and a... ONE star on Good Reads, complete with foul language and comments about how I have no business writing anything ever.

Ah well... I carry on...
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:51 AM   #25
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On the other hand, you're not necessarily obliged to grow a thick skin as an author. Decades ago I worked for a small weekly newspaper in the Midwest. One of the writers reviewed what was then a new Saul Bellow novel. Not only did Bellow trouble himself with an angry response; he went on at such length that the reply was longer than the original review. Given the vastness of Bellow's reputation at the time, it was like getting a personal letter from a very pissed off God.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:24 AM   #26
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Perhaps people write such bad reviews because they've read such bad books.

In any case, I link you all to "Bad Review Bingo", which you can play along with that blogpost*.

* Also, from a reader perspective, seeing authors publicly express such disdain and contempt for people who presumably took time out of their lives to actually read said author's work, if not actually pay for it, even if they ended up seriously not liking it and said so on the internet, is kind of fun, but also ultimately a turn-off.

But hey, it saves me time and money by helpfully pointing out whom I never need read nor buy from.
"Bad Review Bingo". That is awesome. *bookmarked*
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:58 AM   #27
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You'll never please everyone. Whatever you write, someone will hate it, and someone else will love it for the same reasons.
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