Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I just don't get it....
As I sometimes do, when I finished reading THE KEEP, I checked out the reader reviews on Barnes and Noble and Amazon, and frankly, at least one left me gobsmacked. I just don't understand the level of venom and vitriol some readers hurl at a book.
Disappointment, I get. Dismay or frustration, too. I've experienced those feelings when I've finished a book.
So it's not the overall emotion I have a problem with so much as the level. I mean, sheesh, it's just a novel. It's a work of fiction. Nobody forced you to read it.
So what's with the venom? I ask myself, and frankly, the first thing that comes to mind is jealousy and envy. I tend to assume that these Really Angry Readers are writers who are upset by the author's success. Thinking that, I am certainly not inclined to pay much attention to the frothing, except to wonder about the Really Angry Reader's blood pressure.
And then I think that if reading novels is going to make somebody that angry, they should be reading something like the book pictured here instead.