There are many times I give star ratings without an explanation or a review on my profile on Amazon or Goodreads.
It is my wish if I decide to just rate or write a few lines review on my profile or on my blog. It is my wish what rating I give – 1 star or 5 stars. If a book does not make me happy, it SIMPLY does not. I can’t say it feels wonderful reading the book when I don’t feel so. There are days when the stresses of life, especially during this world crisis, I can’t find words as my brain has gone into survival mode. So rating and one-line reviews might be my new norm.
But I definitely won’t like it if an author or a fellow reader pulls up my name and profile on the social media, then proceed to ask if I am doing okay on a public forum just because I have given low ratings for his/her books and others too. Why should a reader be pulled up and shamed like this for not liking a book/books?
I saw that happening to someone, and it shocked me. I was in tears for that reader/reviewer. How do you know what kind of a day that reader has had? How do you know what problems have befallen that reader? To call him/her out like this didn’t feel like kindness.
Maybe I am reacting too much or maybe not. I have been harassed by an author and fans for 1 year for giving a low rating on a book. And my heart just goes out to this reader whose reading profile and books rating has been screenshot and put on social media for all to see and make fun of.
ALL BECAUSE OF A RATING!!
5 STAR RATINGS NEVER GET QUESTIONED IF NOT FOLLOWED BY A REVIEW, DO THEY?
And I got to thinking, how long will it take for an author to do that with my profile? How long would it take for an author to harass me again for my rating or review? Should I be scared of what I write? Seeing the post brought out all that I had gone through when I got nasty comments on my blog for 1 year for a review until I shut down comments on that post. I nearly had a breakdown at being called dirty names.
Am I reacting too much? Is such a thing okay?
The pandemic has scared me up properly. More than 2.5 lac people have died, and the numbers are increasing.
Why can’t we be more kind? Am I asking too much?
There are many things on this earth at the moment than ratings. So many have lost their loved ones. I have cried every single day since the crisis started. In 2 months, the world has changed for us and our loved ones.
I don’t know who the reader is, but if it had been me, I would have broken down for being questioned in such a manner.
Corona is already taking away physical strength, don’t take away mental strength. Some of us are struggling here.
Absolutely heartbroken. I have been crying since I saw that post.
Why can’t we be more considerate? I despair for humanity, sometimes.