I recently read a book that....well, let's just say didn't jive with me. I felt that it needed a lot of work. I pushed through it as I've been working harder on fulfilling commitments, even if it means it takes me almost a month to read a 200 page book.
After writing the review I realized that it may be hurtful to the authors feelings. I posted on my blog a while ago for advice on what to do about this. Whether to post the review, let the author take a look first, and then post, or just not post at all. I took the advice I was given from my amazing readers and made a decision that sat well with my mind and heart.
I chose to write the review, email it to the author, and give that person the decision of whether or not it went on my blog. As I assumed it would go, the author requested that I not post the blog, and was very nice about my not so sweet review.
My question isn't really whether or not you would choose to post the review or let it slide, it's what keeps us from posting negative reviews of less known authors than of more famous ones?
If I read a Neil Gaiman, Stephanie Myer, Stephen King, or Dan Brown book that I disliked, I'd have no qualms with posting a scathing review. But, an author that personally asked me to review their book, I feel the need to give them positive or nothing at all. Is it the fact that my lowly review is less important to the 'big time' authors? Someone had to have given them a negative review in the past. Not everyone loves these authors now, so surely they weren't loved from the start were they? Who was that mean critic that chose to tear their works of art to pieces, no matter what the author would feel like? Where would these authors be if people like me were the only ones that talked about their books? Would their works be as good as they are now. (Not for the record that I think all of the aforementioned authors are awesome).
Now I'm wondering if I did this author a disservice by not posting my review. What will this person have to work harder for? No one knows how I feel about their book....
What are your feelings dear readers? How do you feel about authors 'paying their dues'. Bad reviews...they're just part of the game aren't they. Should we be pulling punches? Is that how we get millionaire authors that aren't worth their weight?