This year has been drama filled with nasty reviews, harsh responses to those reviews, and authors behaving shamefully. But, that’s not what this post is about. After reading one of the recent “incidents” where a reader changed her four-star review (which was based solely on the book’s merits) to a one star because the reader disliked the author’s (and those associated with the author) behavior, I started thinking about how much people rely on reviews and how they consider them.
If I get a chance to read reviews for a book beforehand, I look at all the reviews – not only the 5 or 4 star reviews. I look at the 3,2, and 1 star reviews also because I want to form my own opinion. What some may dislike in a novel might not bother me, or what some people praise in a novel may not be for me.
How do you look at reviews?
Do you have a specific site you visit? (I tend to stick with Amazon)
Do you look only at the extremes (5 and 1 stars)?
Do you now consider them at all?