Ever read a book review so bad that you wanted to obliterate it from existence, be it on Amazon, Booktube or Goodreads?
I just did. I’m still in shock.
Sometimes, a bad review can be funny. Like when you see someone bragging about having found this “obscure” literary masterpiece that you’ve probably never heard of
because you’re a filthy pleb, and it turns out to be The Shining or DavidCopperfield or something equally ridiculous and well known. You laugh, you move on.
What if the review enrages you? Like a prudish and thinly hidden anti-Semitic review of The Diary of Anne Frank? Do you say anything at that point, or do you shake your head, wish humanity wasn’t so horrible, then forget about it?
What if it’s a really ridiculously dumb 1 star review that’s dragging the poor author’s overall rating down, potentially putting off buyers who…