I’ve been recently thinking about how it feels when a book we love receives a negative review or isn’t appreciated by someone else. This can be another reviewer, family member, friend or anybody. What is your gut reaction when someone hates on the book you love?
I don’t usually get upset when I read a negative review on a book that I love. I often find myself really interested in what the person noticed that I did not or how varied opinions can be. I have to admit, when a very close friend hates a book I love it does make me sad because I wanted to share in the flails about the book. How could they not love that beautifully written work of art? But, I think it comes down how each book speaks to every reader differently. Even with each reading a book can morph and provide insight or emotions that we didn’t feel prior. This is the beauty of books and our perception of them.
Carina (you can see her comment below) brought up a great point…she is more bothered when people love a book she hates. I can relate to this! I always feel like I must have read a different version of the book. Even if I see hype from a book that I just feel meh about but everyone is loving, I think…did I miss something?
I asked Twitter, are you offended when someone hates a book you love? A lot of people chimed in to discuss this with me:
These were just some of the responses I received but most people expressed that they were sad when a book they loved wasn’t appreciated…which I think we can all relate to being passionate about the books we read. How about you? What are your thoughts on this topic? Have you written about this topic on your blog? If so, I’d love to read your post…leave me a link 🙂