Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ignorant Readers / "Reviewers"

Woo, I hope I do stir up some discussion for what I'm about to drop in this post. One thing I do not like or understand is so-called 'reviewers' who really aren't reviewers because they haven't even read the book or seen the movie but yet have opinion. STOP! Stop it now. It is sooo annoying for people to blast a book they've never ever read, or don't plan to read yet they can voice their viewpoints?? WTF? Reviews should be done by people that have read the entire book. Not by someone that figures upfront it won't be worth their time. If it's not, get to stepping and let a true reader do his or her thing.
Another thing, please do not post every single plot twist in a review. WHY?? LOL. When you do that, you take away their desire to read a book or see or movie. Why should they at that point? They already know everything that's going to happen. The suspense has been removed. Ugh!
So do us authors a favor. Don't past judgement on things you don't know about it. Don't post reviews on what you've heard someone else say. Do read the whole book not just the first chapter and give it a rating. You aren't really qualified to post a rating based on a chapter. And if you don't like something, that's fine, but never tell someone 'don't waste your money.' That's an ignorant statement. Why? Because why would you care what other people do with their money. It's not yours. You don't have the right. I know that is a statement that some people tend to put in their comments, but it is totally irrelevant and unnecessary. :)
Okay, I'm about to get off my soapbox. Right now I'm reading Hood Rat by K'wan, my introduction to this author's work. I'm also working on my third book titled How To Be His Number One. And thanks to each of you that do read my books and have listed them as favorites. Thank God someone out there is feeling me!!! :)
Take care,
CR

16 comments:

Frederick Smith said...

I totally feel you on the reviewer thing -- especially if the "reviewer" hasn't read the book. It does cheat other readers... and just on a human level, it doesn't feel good to be blasted publicly... and it can't feel good to do it to other people publicly.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading My Husband's Girlfriend!
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Bestselling Author, Pontif. said...

Amen to this rant. Good to see you posting again, Cydney.

Nevah~ said...

Whoa, you were on a roll. But you made some good points and taught me a thing of two that I'm sooooo guilty on. When I read a book I want to tell the world about it even in the reviews I would leave here and there. I never thought about it taking away the thrill of someone actually picking it up and reading after I gave all the meat of the book away. I get soooo worked up trying to pin point all the details as an encouragment to buy and read it. Shame on me, I read and tend to share all the twists with everyone. Oh well I'm always learning.

BTW, I enjoyed your first book, My Daughters Boyfriend. I'm a neighbor who was into all the familiar landmarks which made the book more exciting for me to read. Plus, that kind of stuff happens everyday, I personally know of an incident as your book so well illustrated.

I must pick up your second book and read with pleasure.

CydneyR said...

What's up Fred, Pontif, and Writerwritz!

Thanks for your posts. I've missed doing this...

In the early days I wrote reviews that were just awful because I unknowingly broke certain rules so now I know what's good vs. what's not. :)

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Taurus said...

I'm really not commenting on any of your posts but I really like reading your books. I'm only 16 years old but I have a really deep mind. Most of my friends thinks that your books are nasty by the cover it but they are more than that they are about everyday relationships and really enjoy that.

P.S. I've \just finish reading your second book.

CydneyR said...

Hi Taurus,
Thanks so much for your post. I do believe that if people judge my books only by the covers, they'd miss out on some things. I try not to write about surface topics; the storylines do go deeper and I really enjoy that aspect. So thanks for pointing that out and I'm glad you enjoyed my novels.

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Rose said...

My daughter had your book on her Christmas list. So she got it. Then my secret pal from rawsistaz sent my your book as a gift, can't wait to start reading it. Loved your first book. You are so right about these so-called reviewers. You should read the entire book then comment, but this other stuff is ridiculous(msp-I know)

CydneyR said...

Que pasa Rose. Thanks for letting me know about the book (very cool).

And thanks for co-signing about certain type "reviewers". I guess everyone has an opinion so -- what can ya do? LOL. Overall, it's still fun (being an author) so I've learned to take the good w/the bad.

helen said...

every female should be required to read MHG,to let know how stupid we can be over one man or not to be that stupid over one man.Sometime female stoop to excepting anything just to have a man.

helen said...

every female should be required to read MHG.So we will know that we do not have to stoop so low just to get a man or keep one.This book make you think about some of the .... you put up with just to say you got a man.

Dwan Abrams said...

My friend in New Jersey is currently reading your book, My Husband's Girlfriend. She's going through a divorce and is totally engrossed in the book. She recommended it to me, and I'll be sure to get a copy. Keep doing your thing!

Dwan Abrams
Author of "Only True Love Waits"

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