Join me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Have you ever had a POSITIVE Amazon Review conversation?
This question comes on the heels of one of my reviews in Amazon getting lots of comments – it was a book that has a lot of haters and apparently they all stalk the reviews because they came out to comment on my review. No one was unkind to me – I had given a fairly neutral review myself – but the negativity just rubbed me wrong.
One commenter, despite clearly not liking the book, approached the topic in an engaging way that made me want to reply and have a discussion. *shakes head* Stupid, stupid Berls! Will you ever learn what baiting looks like?! I don’t know if I will, because I just like to believe people are good and have good intentions. Nieve, I know, but I refuse to think otherwise about people until they prove me wrong. Well the reply I got, despite being politely written, was very determined author hatred. I ended up not reading the entire reply, deleting my own comment, and fully disengaging. I just don’t want to be part of anything so negative. It’s not why I read, review, or blog. I just won’t do it.
But it got me thinking – I don’t believe I’ve ever had a POSITIVE Amazon review conversation ever! Does Amazon breed negativity or is it just me? How do the exact same reviews I post here get so twisted and controversial on Amazon?
As a rule I don’t reply, but I have engaged three times and I’ve regretted it each time. The first, an author attacked me for my opinion of the book. I replied back, saying I was sorry they felt that way but that I felt I had been honest and clear about why I didn’t like the book. Well shortly after that the author was attacked by numerous people for her comments to me. Sure, she shouldn’t have said anything, but seeing people quote my response to her in their very ugly attacks made me feel really crappy. I wasn’t mean and didn’t like seeing my words twisted that way. I deleted my comment and so did the author. But damage was done and I didn’t like being even slightly attached to it.
The second time someone commented on my review – a book I gave 1 star and they gave 5 stars – and they were quite nasty about my not liking it. It was mean and I replied with something along the lines of “I’m glad you liked it and I hope you will/have written a review to express how much you like it. I also hope no one will unkindly judge you as you have judged me for having expressed that opinion.” Nothing bad came of that, but I don’t feel good about “putting her in her place,” so to speak.
And the third time is the one I described at the start. These comments keep pulling me in and I seem to keep thinking that I can have decent interchanges with people on Amazon. But I have yet to see that happen.
Has anyone had a positive Amazon review conversation? Am I alone in this? The negativity, despite being rare in comparison to the number of reviews with no response, makes me hesitant to continue posting on Amazon. Those emails that someone has commented, followed by a really negative or nasty remark put me in a bad mood and just spoil so much of what I love about reviewing – sharing book LOVE, not HATE!
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