Blogger Confession: Why I don’t post Amazon Reviews
I used to cross-post reviews on most platforms: Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, Edelweiss (even non review books), and on my blog. Amazon is no longer in my cross-post rotation.
Why? Well it appears on Amazon that people feel free to comment like crazy on any small thing that might offend them. Here are just a few reasons that I don’t do it anymore!
Street Teams/Fan Groups
Have you ever posted a “this didn’t work for me” review and a street team/fan group come after the review? I have only had one experience like that, thankfully. It was a Jamie McGuire book that totally did not work for me. Evidently according to her fandom, I was not only wrong but terribly misguided in life. I have heard far more horror stories from other people: name calling, comments full of hate, and let’s not even mention the vote down option that makes your review ranking tank. So I guess I got off easy but that one incident was enough to make me rethink posting any kind of negative review to Amazon. Problem: I refuse to just post positive reviews. I don’t like everything I buy.
Spoilers (yes or no)
Beware the spoiler sensitive person. This particular one has happened to me numerous times. I tend not to mention any specific story things in my reviews and when I do they are in clear spoiler sections. Problem: some people find that talking about a characters attitude is a spoiler. While we are there let’s talk about other things that might fall into the spoiler sensitive person’s purview: locations, pacing, emotions surrounding the ending, or emotions surrounding the story. I am guessing these are the people that don’t read blurbs. Once you have been told your ruined the book for a person, it is a little hard to feel comfortable posting in the future.
Not liking a fan favorite characters
This spills over to the Movie/TV section. Be wary those that do not like fan favorite characters or disagree with a choice they make. While this doesn’t particular bother me aka when people disagree with me passionately about a character (in fact I love when people love a character so much they want you to know their love). However, when it veers off from passionate defense of the character to attacking that is when I check out.
These are the big 3 that I have had happen to me. In each of those cases I removed the reviews. Then that got to be old so I quit posting reviews period. For some reason this kind of stuff just doesn’t happen on Goodreads (at least not to me –or not to a big extent). Amazon, though, is like a minefield that I have no desire to get through.
So there, I came clean. It has been almost 6 months since I posted a book or movie review on Amazon. I just don’t see myself going back. Anybody else quit posting reviews somewhere for particular reasons?
PS: I know this doesn’t help authors and I’m sorry about that. I just would rather keep my love of reading and good book discussion than deal with trolls.