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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Reviewing Your Reviewer? — IWSG (31)

I love reading.
I love writing.
I love reviews. Don't you?

And it's okay to receive not-so good reviews once in a while, because come on . . . we learn from them. Well, well learn from the good reviews too. And umm . . . since I'm talking about reviews and all, what better time to plug a FANTASTIC 5 Star Editorial Review I received from Reader's Favorite? Look, I even got a stamp to go with it! (Fun fact: All 5-Star Reviews are automatically and legally labeled "Fantastic." #TrueStory)




But that's not what this post is about
(No one likes a show off!!! :P)

Nope, I'd like to talk about misguided reviews that miss the point. 
You know the kind: 

"OhMahGosh! I can't believe Harry Potter knew Edward Cullen! I don't understand why they didn't give us closure in HP and explain that he didn't really die. No guys! He became a vampire!" — Umm, two different series with one actor appearing in both movies. But okay.

Or say:


"I didn't read the first book in the series, and even though the author did a good job at explaning what happened previously, I wasn't familiar with the world in the beginning. I felt too lost to enjoy it. 1-Star!" — Yeahhhh, so . . . one, would think reading the books in order would help. But what do I know?

Or even:

"There was too much romance in that book! I wanted more action!" — You mean the one with the cover of the hot couple making out? With hearts all over it? That says it's from a Romance Bestselling author? That one? I can't believe it had too much romance! Shocker. o_O


All right, so you get the point! And if you have one more minute to spend on me . . . would you watch this quick "Reviews That Make You Scream!" trailer? 



At Writers After Dark, we're looking to showcase examples of this, for laugher of course! No bashing, no hating, no complaining! Just a quick line or three from a review that was way off the point of your book and a response from you. It could be: in comments below, email (writersafterdark@gmail.com), and it could even be anonymous! But but but, you can also send us a clip of you reading and reacting—we'd love that!!! Plus, you get to plug your books so win-win, I say! — If you comment below with one, let me know if you'd like it to be included in our video—if not, share anyway! I'd love to laugh & won't use any material without consent. ;)


BTW, for those who've asked: we've been on hiatus because we've revamped the videos. They're shorter, and I dare say hilarious. But we're giving all the A-Z'ers a couple weeks to recover—because we're nice like that! Thanks for the interest and the support!!! And for watching!!!




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31 comments:

  1. Those reviews were funny. I don't think I have come across any quite that bad, but ones where they complain about stuff that is standard and makes the genre a genre, that is just stupid. It is a wonder they can read.

    Good post. Looking forward to seeing your videos again.

    Did you see the comment on my blog from Maggie Shayne? It is the first comment. It was too cool. Jumped with joy she took the time.

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. That was so cool of her!!! :D

      LOL — Yes, some of them do really leave me scratching my head. One I'd read kept talking about the female MC, using the antagonist's name. Now, using the wrong name is something, but I'm sure "she" was not named Peter (or something similar, I forgot the actual male's name). o_O

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  2. Ah reviews. We need them, but sometimes that make you sit there and scratch your head. Still...I would like more, lol. Can't wait for the next vid. :D

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    1. Well, yes, we do still want more reviews. That's neither here nor there . . . especially if they're "Fantastic" reviews lol :P

      The next videos are coming right up . . . just you wait!

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  3. I have seen many of those "I didn't read the first book, but..." reviews floating around. They seem unfair to me, given that had the reader read the books in order, they may not have been so lost, and maybe that poor book could have been deemed worthy of additional stars.

    That Harry Potter review cracked me up.

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    1. What is it with that? I've seen too many of those. I just don't understand how logically you don't see the clear reason why you weren't very familiar with the worlds or characters. Go figure.

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  4. My favorites are reviews from people who clearly didn't bother reading the product description, like "I had no idea this was a romance. Very disappointed," or "I wouldn't have clicked Order had I known this was a children's book."

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    1. LOL — Yes, exactly!!! I mean, in that case . . . why even review? You're not talking about the book in question just about your mistake . . . so . . . O_O

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  5. Oh, I have a review for this. My book Being Human has the same title as the TV show, so guess what sort of review I got? Yup, the one saying it was nothing like the TV show. Made me LOL. I'll email you about it.

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    1. I got the email! Awesome!!!!! Thank you :D

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  6. Wow, S.K. I just found your blog while making the rounds as an IWSG co-host. It was so funny to read! The misguided reviews were hilarious! And thanks for including the video! A "Tube Co-host" and "Tube Series" is a whole new world to me! Always so much to learn! Sorry, I have no misguided reviews to contribute; I'm still looking forward to the day I have something to be reviewed! Good luck with your episode!

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    1. Hey Fundy!!! Thanks for stopping by and welcome :)

      Glad you enjoyed it! And yes, crazy how these blogs/vlogs evolve, eh? They're all good fun though, & that's the best part: enjoying all types of creative outlets ;)

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  7. Okay, expect a video from us later today, tomorrow at the latest. This is going to be fun.

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    1. OMG I cannot wait!!!! You guys will ROCK it out!!! :D

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    2. I hope we're not too late but I sent my video to you just now.

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  8. Have I told you lately that I love you?? You want to see jacked up reviews?? Go see the reviews on Goodreads for the Bible!!

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    1. . . . Have I told you there's no one else above you? Fill my heart with gladness! Take away all my sadness . . .

      No? We weren't singing that? Ah, okay well. Me loves you right back man! :P And yes, oh my goodness those reviews are out of this world lol

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  9. Congratulations on your "Fantastic" review! Obviously those reviewers have good taste. :D
    Love the Happy Potter review LOL.

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    1. Thank you, Julie!!! I'm not gonna lie, I love that particular reviewer. She clearly didn't miss any points :P

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  10. I think I have a review or two like that.
    Congratulations on the great review!

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    1. Thanks, Alex!!! Yes, eventually we all get them ;)

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  11. I'm now writing the 2nd book of my series and I'm having trouble "summarizing" the first book. I mean, do I really have to? Who starts a series in the middle?

    Evidently, a lot of people. :-/

    Love the video. "More romance? It's a damn zombie story, jackass." :-D

    Tanya Miranda - Writer, Dreamer, Intergalactic Superhero

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  12. Fun post. Good to see you again.

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  13. I love #2 in your list. So it's the author's fault the reader couldn't pick up the story without reading the first book. Of course, it is.

    I've also had 5 star reviews that were so poorly written I cringed reading them. If the reviewer can't write an intelligible sentence or a paragraph with some degree of unity, how in the @!##& has he gleaned anything from my story?

    Thanks for stopping in at The Write Game. I'd love to pop over to your lovely spot. I'll be doing some heavy promo come July. Would that work for you?

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  14. I love this for so many reasons. I've seen a huge number of reviews for multi-book series where the reviewer either started in the middle or read only #2 and #4 or some such nonsense, and then stated that they'd "probably not continue reading this author" because nothing made sense to them. Or the ones who give a book a bad review because they can't stand the genre—when it was their own fault for not reading the description prior to buying. I can't wait to see what you and Raymond end up having sent to you. Anxiously awaiting the next Writers After Dark installment!

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  15. I remember reading a 1-star review on Amazon, where the 'reviewer' mistook the name of the book series for the publisher, and then claimed it was self-published (it was not). THEN they admitted they had not even read the book! *SHEESH*

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  16. Congrats on the 5-star award! That's awesome! When I first started writing, I joined a huge writing site where you write short stories, put them up publicly, and people review them. At first I got really mad at dumb comments, but then I got used to them. But there are people on GR that make a tearing apart a book and author using sarcasm and gifs their life's work. I feel very sorry for the targets of their vitriol. I even got a 1-star review from a troll once, but the use of so many gifs just made me laugh!

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  17. Award? Heck yeah. Congrats!

    I honestly don't get some reviewers. I wrote a YA historical fantasy with a blurb that very clearly communicates there is romance and a cover that says, "I'm a girl's book." Yet, a middle aged man felt he had to read and review my book. (I know. I'm still scratching my head.) The part that get's me is that he thought his review was valid...after reading 1 chapter. I wish we could rate reviewers because he's done that to other authors too. I just want to scream, "WOULD YOU PLEASE ONLY REVIEW BOOKS AFTER READING WHAT THEY'RE ABOUT!??" Or at least say, btw, I'm a middle aged man and I realize this book was written for teenage girls.

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