We’ve all seen books being rated on Goodreads before they’re released – or even before ARCs are available. These people rate the book before even reading it.
Where do you stand on this? I personally think that it’s wrong and is a huge problem in the book community. That’s why I’m writing this post today. I don’t think we talk about this in the book community enough. It should be talked about.
Rating a book before even picking it up yourself is a) unfair and b) a childish thing to do. I feel like some people do this only because they don’t like the author so they feel the need to give every book that author has come out with – and will be coming out with – one star.
This is disgusting behavior. I understand if you don’t like an author for whatever reason it might be but that’s no excuse for going out of your way to make their book’s overall rating on Goodreads – which effects other people’s choice to read the book or not, so you’re costing the author readers and money – plunder.
The worst thing is when a rumor is spread about a book or an author and then people start rating that book low solely because of the rumors they heard. I’m sorry but that’s just wrong! You could be destroying an author’s career by doing this!
i mean, that’s probably most of these people’s intent but still!
go sit in a corner
Even if the rumors about the book or the author are true, that still doesn’t give you the right to bash them and rate their books low without having read them. Authors are human beings too! Even if they’re problematic, you can showcase your thoughts elsewhere – or after you read the book. Reviews on Goodreads are only for those that have actually read the book. THAT’S WHY IT’S CALLED A REVIEW! YOU CAN’T REVIEW SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T READ!
There’s a different way to approach this. A more civil, grown up way to approach this.
Spread your concerns or opinions on Twitter
That’s kinda what Twitter’s for. But do this without tagging the author. You can inform others about a book or author that could be harmful without letting the author know that you’re doing it. Unless you want to create a feud. Which trust me, you don’t.
book twitter already has enough drama
Write a blog post about it
I mean – that’s what I’m doing! If you have a blog and you want to spread the word about something that you’re passionate about informing others about, then why not write a blog post about it? That’s what I do and it seems to work for me.
Discuss with people that have read the book
If you haven’t read the book but want to know what the controversy is about, ask somebody that’s read it before you go on and babble about it. You’ll just embarrass yourself if you jump into things blindly.
At the end of the day, I think that rating a book without having read said book is wrong. Unfortunately, there will always be people that do this but hopefully this post has brought an issue to light that you weren’t aware of before.
Let me know your thoughts on all of this! Do you think rating books before reading them is a good or bad thing? Why?