I did not enjoy this novel at all. It’s bland, poorly written, clunky and 100 per cent predictable. Events are described superficially with no attempt at realistic detail.Although you PERSONALLY didn't write the novel, as it is your father and stepmom the reviewer is talking about, you're personally offended.
Okay, I'm sure you realize that the person I'm having you imagine to be is ME.
So what would you do if you were me?
Here's what I did. The review was on a blog, Petrona, and the review of Michael Crawley and Laurie Clayton's The Women's Club is here. The blog allows commenting, so I posted one.
I know you're a reviewer and it's your job to review books and be honest about whether you like them or not, but I think your review was a little harsh.Madeline Moore is the pen name my stepmom uses most often, she uses it for her erotica. Anyway, I was surprised by how quickly Maxine, the woman who does the reviews on Petrona, replied. She said:
That's my father and stepmother you're talking about.
My dad and 'Madeline Moore' have plenty of fans. I'm sorry you're not one of them.
Thanks for your views, Kim. I am sure these authors have plenty of fans, and that's fine. It is not my job to review books, in the sense that nobody pays me to write them and I make no money out of it (eg you will see no advertisements or Amazon links on this site). I do it as a hobby, and yes, I do provide my honest opinion. I did not think this book very good. As a counterbalance, I provided links to the author's blog and an interview with her (as there is nothing on the publisher website about the book, or was not when I wrote my review). Therefore, readers of this review have access to a more positive view of the book so can make up their own minds. (If I had found any other independent reviews of the book, I'd have linked to them too, as is my practice, but there were none that I could find.) As you are a relative of the authors, I am sure you don't like to read a poor review, and I'm sorry if your feelings were hurt, which was not my intention. If you have any objective reason for thinking my review unfair or unprofessional, please let me know.
No, Maxine, I don't have any objective reasoning, and I didn't think your review was unfair. I was just a little hurt. I'm a touchy young woman, you know!
No, my reasoning isn't objective. To a large extent, determining whether someone is a good novelist or not is based on subjective taste. And my love and admiration for my father and stepmother heavily biases me. And your review wasn't unfair. You made no personal attacks, and you're entitled to your opinion. You're entitled to share your opinion, too. I was just a little hurt... but people who know me know I can get quite emotional.
I wonder what it would be like for me if my dad and stepmom were a lot more famous. I'm sure there would be a lot more comments in the media for me to be hurt by.
I probably care a lot more than my father does, anyway. If he knew about the review (he will probably, soon) and my reaction to it, he would tell me to toughen up and grow a thicker skin. Damn English 'stiff upper lip'!
So, what would YOU do?
The Women's Club on Amazon.com