Bookish Thoughts #006: ‘them 1 star reviewers’

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You’d be lying if you tell me it didn’t hurt. I won’t believe you if you tell me it didn’t affect you even just a little bit. And I’d totally snort at your face if you tell me you didn’t get a bit defensive.

I can’t believe I’m even touching this topic. But I found myself really thinking about this stuff and I got curious about what you think of it either.

“What do you feel about one star reviewers? do you even feel anything about them? do you feel anything at all? are you a robot?”


One star reviews are everywhere. Can you actually give me a book that doesn’t have a 1 star review? or even just a 1 star rating. Even classics, which most of readers treat like an evidence for finding out if you’re a true reader or not (which by the way is a VERY STUPID THING TO DO) gets one star reviews. And they’re CLASSICS. The authors are, like, dead. And they’re, you know, like, FAMOUSSSS.

I remember seeing and reading a one star review of Pride and Prejudice. My first reaction was disbelief. 


Uhmm, excuse youu. It’s freakin PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. How can you hate it? How can you not like it?! Have you met Mr. Darcy? Are you aware that this is the first lovable jerk who by the way is just a misunderstood creature? He is afraid of dancing because he’s kinda awkward and his default face screams ‘I DON’T LIKE PEOPLE’


I mean, hello?! Girls fall for this kind of guy. (this actually worries me)

I considered leaving a long and meaningful comment because I really want to give him a piece of my mind! I’m pissed and it just doesn’t feel right that a book I loved is hated by someone. IT’S JUST NOT RIGHT!


But before I get to post my comment, I realized how stupid that would be. Isn’t that HER review? (there, the P&P hater is a girl) and anyway, isn’t that HER opinion of the book?? That is what SHE thought of the book. Then I considered myself on her position. What if it’s a book that she loves and I hated? What then would I feel if SHE gives me a piece of her mind.

You know, it’s so funny how other reviewers spent their time commenting on other reviewers reviews and defending the book that they loved that others didn’t. They have so much time on their hands, I’m actually jealous. If you’re one of those people… I just wanna tell you this: YOU’RE NOT GONNA CHANGE MY MIND. I’m happy to hear your opinion and I’m sorry if we didn’t like the same book. BUT THAT IS LIFE. Don’t shove your long defensive comment on my face: there’s a big fan chance it’ll be ignored. You have some questions about my review: OKAY, let’s talk about it like normal people, we’re not on an episode of Law & Order. 

And okay, let’s admit it, one star reviews gets more attention than five star reviews. And you know what, that’s not exactly a bad thing. Because the good news is, IT’S STILL UP TO YOU. Reviewers are meant to be guide for readers, not to be dictators. You have your own mind you know (are you aware of that?) and you still get a say. 

I genuinely salute reviewers who can give 1 star reviews and write their reviews with all honesty. They are not EVIL. Evil is such a strong word, let’s call them SNARKY. Because even though they know that people gets crazy sometimes, they still have that braveness to post their reviews. They do not like it, they say it. No sugar coating. No dilly dallying. And admit it, most of them are hilarious. If you’re one of those people who can’t help but feel like being a mama bear who turns all protective when they see a one star review of a book they loved, I suggest to toughen up a little bit. Not every book you like, whether it’s a NYT bestseller or an Indie book, will be liked by others. And because of that, one star reviewers are here to stay.



Don’t you just love bloggers who respect other blogger’s opinions? Like, ‘she didn’t like it. that makes me sad but hey that just the way it is’ Let’s aim for that attitude! Respecting and celebrating other bloggers makes the blogosphere more fun and honestly, nobody likes drama. Except maybe my grandma, she LIVE for those. 

So here’s where I ask your two cents..

What do you feel about (us) one star reviewers? Do you have voodoo dolls of us and wants us to be punished? Do you admire them as well? Are you going to throw rocks at me? Did this post even made sense to you? How do you keep your hair that shiny? Hmm? I WANNA HEAR IT!

14 thoughts on “Bookish Thoughts #006: ‘them 1 star reviewers’

  1. I actually enjoy reading 1-star reviews. For me there are two kinds of these, one is a snarky, entertaining review and the other is a negativity and hate filled review which I don’t really like reading. I admire those who even though they hated reading a certain book they manage to write an honest and non-trashing review about it. I have rated books with 1-star but I haven’t tried writing a review on one. Interesting topic Paula 🙂
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  2. Paula, I heart you. You’re seriously the funniest book blogger there is. This isn’t an episode of Law & Order. I can’t stop laughing. But you know what, you’re completely right, as usual. The voice of reason, finally! Imagine how boring life would be if we all loved the same books. I’m not a big fan of completely negative reviews, even if someone has hated the book. Most books usually have at least one redeeming quality to them, and as reviewers, it’s up to us to present the good and the bad. Brilliant post Paula, really enjoyed it <3
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  3. I give 1-star ratings on Goodreads but I’ve never written a 1-star review. Why? Because I feel like it would just be full of rants and bitching. LOL ^__^ And yes, I’m one of those people who comment on 1-star reviews of the books she loves. But I don’t bash the reviewers. They are their opinion and I respect them. They actually give me a new perspective on that book and even though I don’t always agree with them, it’s okay. That’s just the way reviews work. 🙂

    And, um, my hair’s not shiny, dammit. >.<
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  4. First of all, high five!! I absolutely love this post, and I’m not saying that just because I am not afraid to post negative reviews, either. I’m all for respecting bloggers for their opinions, as long as it is centered only on the book and not the author as a person. It’s not just because of the honesty, although that plays a huge part of it, but also the willingness to state what they didn’t like about it even if there is a chance of backlash (because you know how it is nowadays). Salute to all the bloggers out there who write reviews in any form or rating! <3
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  5. Sometime here and there I stumble on one star reviews and I still read it. Even if it’s a book that I love, I still read it though it kind of hurt me a little. It’s interesting to read how people enjoy and perceive books differently than you do (talking bout my faves) and one star reviews can also turn me iffy and skeptical toward a book I haven’t read. I don’t like bash-y one star reviews, I prefer the funny ones and a tad sarcastic. I give one star, but never have the energy or motivation to write a full review 😀 Great post, Paula! 😀

  6. HAHAHAHA. Paula, I love this post! I actually love reading one-star reviews that is hilarious! 😀 I agree with everything here. Everyone will not like everything that you loved and you have to accept it whether it hurts, like, big time! Ummm, Who’s this girl? I LOVED MR. DARCY I can’t believe her HAHAHA. jk. (And how did you know that my hair’s shiny??? )

  7. I LOVE THIS: ”Reviewers are meant to be guide for readers, not to be dictators.”

    YES, Paula, YOU GOT IT.

    Honestly, I used to be frustrated when people gave one star reviews to The Mortal Instruments or Captive Prince, but I got over it. After all, us, as well, we give 1 star ratings to books that are hyped, popular or have a high rating average. Sometimes we even DNF them and write a ranting reviews for them. Whatever, it wasn’t for us. And it’s not for them. We deal with it. But what I don’t like is when they use vulgar words for the author. THAT, NO.
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  8. This is hilarious! And well, I agree with you — we all have a different take on books and sometimes, we just have to deal with it. Some people hate chocolate ice cream, some people hate vanilla, some people just hate ice cream in totality, and there is totally nothing wrong with it. Just boils down to one’s preference, I think 🙂

    I did gave out a bunch of one star rating, but never really given a thorough review pretty much because it would sound like I’m bashing, and I just try to be as considerate as possible to those people who like it by showing them that I dislike the book and keeping my mouth shut. Hehe! 🙂
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  9. I enjoy reading one star reviews of books I didn’t like either, or books I haven’t read. I don’t really read negative reviews of books I love because I don’t see the point. I don’t agree, and nothing they say is going to change my thoughts on my beloved books.

    But reading negative reviews for books I did not like, or books I am considering reading is such fun. Like you said: people can get so snarky and a lot of the time they ARE hilarious. I recently read a book simply because of the reviews I had read for it (most of them negative and funny), and I ended up really disliking it, too, and wrote my own negative review. Which has been one of my most popular reviews on Goodreads. That makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy because YAY people liked my review but sad because I have written five star reviews that haven’t gotten attention. I’d much rather be spreading the positivity than negativity :/
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    1. OMG Chiara, I so feel the same way. My most voted review on goodreads is also a negative one. And as they said, funny. But really, I have positive reviews as well and I wish that too, gets their attention.

      Thank you Chiara for your thoughts 🙂

  10. I really hate rating books less than 2 stars. My 1 star rating is exclusive for my DNF book. If I was able to finish a book but didn’t like it, there goes the 2 star rating.

    Oh, there are times that I hate seeing 1 or 2 stars rating on books that I loved but I don’t voice them out. As you said, maybe the book didn’t just work for them as much as it did for me. There are also books out there that I hate but other people loves. We all have our opinion and preference, I understand that. But some other people just don’t and they try to defend the books to these haters.

    How do you keep your hair that shiny? Hmm, I use Loreal Anti-frizz serum. It works well for me. :))
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    1. You’re so nice Irish! I wish I’m like you. Hahahaha, kidding! I AM NICE. It might not be obvious but I feel really bad when I DNF or give a book a low rating when I really loved it.

      And hmmm, Loreal? I MUST TRY THAT

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