I’ve seen several accounts on YouTube post their reactions to one-star reviews on their favorite reads and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon.
For now, I figured I’d start with some obvious faves. If you guys enjoy this (and if I do too, of course, haha) then maybe I’ll do some more!
I’ve pulled reviews from LibraryThing, Goodreads and Amazon. I’m not going to call out any reviewers specifically – I’m just going to pull some reviews and I’m not always going to post the full review. I’m also not including reviews from the dinks on Amazon who have an issue with their order and rate the book low rather than the seller.
Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
I love many of Tanith’s books and I still have so many to read. It’s hard for me to pick just one favorite, but Silver Metal Lover is one of her books that I most often recommend to others.
I will admit it’s been a while since I’ve revisited this one, so maybe my view will have changed. I’m willing to bet I’d still disagree with all of these reviews.
“I didn’t really like this book. The main character, Jane, is very annoying in the beginning. She almost literally cries about everything. She’s constantly analyzing her emotions. She’s pathetic. Alright, I suppose there are reasons for how she is, but that doesn’t make it less annoying. Then there are the other characters: they are not creditable at all. After about a third of the book, it does get a bit more interesting, when you find out more about the robot. Jane also changes, which makes her more palatable. Overall, though I found the book somewhat depressing.”
Ok, so, as a crier, I’m offended xD (not really, but hey, some of us can’t help it!) I can definitely relate to a character analyzing their emotions, as I’ve been doing that a lot lately. By acknowledging that Jane changes, doesn’t that make her attitude at the start of the book forgivable or understandable because she has some growth!? Also, I love me some depressing reads.
“My first foray into science fiction, and I think I’ll be choosing another route after this.”
Damn. I know there are many subsets of sci-fi and the reviewer doesn’t clarify what about this particular book caused them to want to choose another “route” or what the route will be, but still! Don’t give up on robots or romance in sci-fi because of one (awesome) book!
““The Jetsons” meets “Fifty Shades of Grey.” (Are you cringing? You should be.) I found it pretty much unbearable.”
Wow ok, first of all Tanith was writing before Twilight or Shades of Grey were twinkles in their author’s eyes! Secondly, you didn’t even say what was unbearable! Third, don’t compare the queen to Shades of Grey!
“I completed it in one night, because once I was into it, I didn’t want to put it aside and sleep only to find that upon waking I would have to read the rest.”
I think this person needs to just embrace the DNF if they’re not enjoying a book. Also, like, that’s crazy harsh to dread waking up to more reading! UGH.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Sabriel is the first book in one of my favorite series and is one of my go-to recommendations for people looking for some new fantasy to read. It’s a series I’ve been reading and re-reading since high school.
“No “Game of Thrones””
Screw you, that’s a terrible review for any book! Only A Game of Thrones is A Game of Thrones! The rest of the books in the Song of Ice and Fire series aren’t even A Game of Thrones!
“This book is probably the worst book I’ve ever read. The story is slow, boring and so predictable. I didn’t even see one single twist. The characters are a yawn as well. I do not recommend this book to immature kids or kids who are under 11 years old.”
What the what even!? If this is the worst book, I’d hate to know what their favorite book is! How can a book be predictable but then you didn’t see a twist? Are they saying they couldn’t predict any twists or did they mean there were no twists in the book? It’s not a thriller, geeze. Also, please define an “immature kid.”
“piece of trash. dont even bother starting this, i was bored the whole time. Its totally weird and what the heck. i never really got what they were doing and why they were doing it. I never got what the bad guys were. This book is confusing and so boring you dont even want to try to figure out whats going on. Dont waste your time on this, you have better things to do like hitting your head agaisnt the wall.”
Yes, I’m leaving the typos because this person is a dink! TRASH?! I don’t think this person actually read the book because they would have understood at least something. Also as much as I’ve hated books in the past, I don’t think I’d ever recommend hitting your head on anything over reading them! RUDE.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Y’all know I love The Hobbit and I re-read it every December now. It’s a staple in my life at this point.
“Not my kinda book….I have to keep writing so that the review will stick in the mind of the computer that makes such decisions. Made a pretty good movie.”
What…even. I think they are trying to say the review has to be a certain length to post. I’m not sure that’s true. But if your review is so short you aren’t allowed to post it, maybe just save yourself the time since you couldn’t come up with enough to constitute a review.
This person made an itemized list (and misspelled Bilbo):
“3. Biblo use your brain, I don’t care if you have to build a plane, blimp, submarine or whatever. But really, don’t you have a better way of transportation?”
This made me chuckle actually because they clearly don’t understand the setting of the book. Also a friggen’ submarine? Yes, the solution to everyone’s travel issues! Also easily buildable!
Most one-star reviewers really just seem to find the book boring. I disagree, but their comments really aren’t enough to comment on. Amazon mostly contains more people griping about specific editions, order issues, etc.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Another go-to re-read for me. As you know, I focus on Austen’s works and books inspired by her work every February.
“P to-the-double-O P.”
Ok, that made me laugh.
“When the story begins, Elizabeth Bennett is smart, independent, and not overly concerned with bagging a husband, which, by the standards of Victorian England, makes her a feminist trailblazer. Then she meets Mr. Darcy, who acts like an insufferable prick (this in a society obsessed with grace and good manners), and Elizabeth has the good sense to identify Mr. Darcy as the insufferable prick he is. And so she spends the first part of the book rightly loathing this asshole. Fast forward: by chance, Elizabeth finds herself touring Darcy’s palatial estate, meeting his hundreds of servants, using his solid gold bidet, and suddenly she starts thinking that maybe Mr. Darcy isn’t such an asshole after all. The moral of the story seems to be that enough money can make even the most abrasive and obnoxious jerk seem like prince charming.”
Shit, this made me laugh too. I obviously love the book, but I’m not on the Darcy bandwagon. He’s hunky enough in movie adaptations, but he is a total prick.
“Hatred is too strong an emotion to waste on this literary Twilight.”
Wow, ouch. Lizzy has way more personality than Bella and Darcy isn’t nearly as cold as Edward! Also he doesn’t sparkle in the sun like some weird gemstone. Also what is with comparing books that were written prior to Twilight to Twilight!?
“This review will probably make some of you angry & hateful towards me. So if you’re a fan of this book (or whatever it is), just stay away…Writing was too old! Yup I know its a classic but still somethings just made it unbearable for me: ‘She is three & twenty years old’. What the fuck, dude! Will you get a tongue-tie if you’d have said it straight twenty three 😐”
Even if you don’t like it, it’s still a book! Also, no, dude, Austen wouldn’t “get a tongue-tie” that’s how they spoke!
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I knew from the prologue that I was going to love this book. I can’t wait to re-read it! I haven’t read the third book in the series yet because I don’t know when the next book is coming out and I don’t want to be left with nothing new to read.
“I discarded this novel some time ago. Upon reading, it felt too smug and juvenile for my tastes (like an Ocean’s Thirteen written by a brain-addled, autistic, sea monkey).”
“Holy cow boring! Master should have killed locke and spare us the mindless dredge of having to read hundreds of pages of world description. Don’t waste your time on this, especially If you are used to Sanderson or Hobb or anyone for that matter. This book is aweful.”
Your spelling is “aweful!” Also, plenty of us enjoy world building and that’s one of my favorite parts of the series!
This is another book where most people are just saying they were bored or DNF’d the book or there were too many swears. I was a little disappointed that the bad reviews for this book weren’t more entertaining.
Ok, folks, that’s a wrap. I spent a lot more time than I planned reading a bunch of negative reviews, most of which weren’t worth mentioning. I actually enjoy ranting about books I really hated and I’m not opposed to reading the rants of others. I wish I’d found more interesting content!
Let me wrap this up by saying it’s ok not to like the same books. Even these people who leave shitty reviews have a right to do so and I’m not actually offended because it doesn’t change my love for these books one bit. We all probably know this but sometimes it bears repeating.
What do you think? Agree or disagree with any of these reviews or my comments?