Tonight I was going through my Goodreads page, randomly surfing the site, wasting time, all that good stuff, when I noticed that a book I'm excited for is dramatically dropping in ratings even though the book isn't coming out for another few months. That's not really normal for an unreleased book so I went and looked at the comments on the page.
Turns out someone with an arc of the book posted a bad review, along with a few other people, and the author and her publicist decided to have a mean, bashing conversation about the reviewers. They called one reviewer a bitch and everything. It was not pretty. Then they continued to hound the original reviewer. The reviewer retaliated by making sure everyone saw what was being said. There is now over a thousand comments on that review from people freaking out.
This is obviously very unprofessional (duh) and a little scary. This had been a book that I was pretty excited to read, had it marked down on my "eagerly waiting" list and all. Now I'm questioning if I even want to read this book. Do I want to take the chance of not liking it, posting a bad review and having the author/publicist/friends of said people bash me on my own blog?
I know that unprofessional authors is more common than one would hope. I've seen a lot of posts done by fellow bloggers saying that they are having or had problems with authors yelling at them on their blog because of a bad review. I, thankfully, am not one of these people. I've never been contacted in any way by an author who I gave a bad review to. I've only had comments and emails from authors saying thank you for good reviews (and I really really really love getting these).
Does hearing about these (and seeing proof of the bad behavior) affect your thoughts on a book? Will you reconsider buying/reading a book because of it? Or does it do the exact opposite? Do you end up reading it because of all the controversy that surrounds it? I personally think I will still read the book, but I definitely will not be buying it. I find myself intreagued and want to form my own opinions, though they have been tainted because of all of this.
On a side note:
I have decided to leave out the name of the book and the author from this post. I do believe that ignorance can be bliss and wish I would not have come across this review because I know myself well enough to know I will be incredibly bias towards this book. If you are dying to know what book it is, it is listed under my Upcoming Releases page. Trust me, you'll know when you find it on Goodreads if you decide to search it out.