I could get mad. I’m talking to you fictional 1 star reviewer (though there are plenty of real ones, too). Mr. Reviewer who takes the time out of his day to log onto Amazon/B&N/Goodreads or wherever, and gives a one star rating. Then goes on for eleventy billion pages about how my book is THE WORST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ EVER EVER EVER.
You know who you are, saying that you have no idea how my book possibly made it to the publishing phase and you also don’t know how it could possibly have all the good reviews that it does. Because though you can’t believe it, there are good reviews too, amongst your very passionate review in which you continue with jpgs showcasing why my book bores you to death, was too fast paced, is written poorly, had cursing, didn’t have enough cursing, made your grandma mad, wasn’t what you were expecting, was good until the end, was nothing like another book you thought it would be like, was too much like another book that you don’t like, either. And I’m not talking about author bashing here, let me make that clear. Disliking a book in a review (even if you decide to platform your dislike in a less than classy way) is NOT the same thing as author bashing. Author bashing is a personal thing and IS NOT OKAY. Moving on…I’m talking now to you, Mr. Bad Reviewer.
Hey, Mr. Reviewer, know what? I could totally get angry and throw a bigger fit than the one you threw under my book profile. I absolutely could take several hours out of my day to look up pictures and make memes in which I blast my loud opinion on what I think of your review. But as it is I’ve only spent 10 minutes writing this and I actually don’t care enough to do all that. Call me lazy. What I will do, however, is say this:
No really, I mean it. And not in a frenemy way. I actually mean thank you. You have just proven a point I’ve been trying to make for years, one of the reasons I write in the first place. I’m sure you’ve seen the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks and if you follow me as closely as your review suggests, then you also know that I often use this hashtag and that I am a HUGE supporter of diversity in books and in real life.
Your opinion of my book is just another form of diversity. Imagine if everyone loved the same books—loved ALL THE BOOKS, for that matter—and there was never a bad review…how boring would that be? Diversity is the key. Some people will love it. Some will like it. Some will hate it.
AND THAT’S OKAY.
That’s beautiful, even. I don’t want to live in a world where everyone loves everything and it's always sunny and happy, and we are all robots. No, thanks. I’ll take real and sometimes brutal because it’s the only way life is truly lovely.
So, Mr. Bad Reviewer, thanks for creating some diversity in those book reviews of mine. I wish you the best in finding books that you do actually love. And thanks for taking the time to read my book in the first place.