Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop aimed at providing exposure for new bloggers and at expanding blog followers. The hop is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is a wonderful opportunity for making new friends and sharing your love for books and reading.
This week’s featured blog is: AV Griffin!
The not so recent trend of authors and/or reviewers becoming belligerent, aggressive, abusive and downright stalkerish on social media and Goodreads is very troubling.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if an author cannot take the heat, they should stay out of the kitchen. Once your work is in the public domain, you must develop a thicker skin or you are going to get yourself into a great deal of trouble. The adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity is not true when it comes to authors behaving badly because many readers (including myself) will avoid your book like the plague if you go on a rant on Twitter!
That said, there are reviewers who behave badly as well. There is no need to attack an author personally because you disliked their book. Perhaps it is the teacher in me, but reviews should be constructive criticism and not vicious or abusive. There is a fine line between snarky and cruel, and there is not need to deliberately hurt the author simply to entertain others with a mean spirited review.
What are your criteria for these authors/reviewers?
Lauren’s Reading Obsession is my newly rebooted blog after a long hiatus. Likes, comments and follows via WordPress or Bloglovin’ would be greatly appreciated.