"juleswatson" wrote:I don't really understand this feeding frenzy of authors madly jumping on every review, getting into public spats and engaging in underhand behavior.
I absolutely don't understand that, either. What can these authors possibly think will be the result? That a reviewer/reader will say, Oh, well since you have yelled at me about this negative review, I've changed my mind and decided I love the book?
Not every story works for everyone, and that is how it SHOULD be. I don't love every book I read, so how can I possibly expect that everyone will love mine? I've said this elsewhere on the forum, but the author/reader relationship is a truly symbiotic one, and I don't mean in the sense that authors need people to buy their books in order to write more.
Words--no matter how much I've agonized over them--are dead on the page; only in a reader's imagination are my story and characters going to get the chance to come to life. And positive and negative reviews alike are really just part of the best and most magical part about writing, IMO--how many different ways my story will take shape in readers' minds.