I could go a lot of ways after that little banner. I could talk about people who run their mouths in ways they never would if the person they were yapping about was within punching distance...but as a writer, I feel obliged to once again call some of my brethren on the carpet.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see, read, or observe writers get bent out of shape over a bad review. Even more interesting is when they go public with their outrage. Nothing removes the mystery of why you will always be drifting in obscurity faster than when a writer goes on a public tirade because somebody failed to recognize their genius. I have one simple word of advice for all of you who think it is okay to get into a pissing contest with a blogger or random reviewer who gave you one star.
Who do you think you are? Seriously. I defy you to go any credible piece of literature and NOT find a one star review. Here are some of my favorites:
"This book was horrible I hated it omg it put me to sleep not so good hate that I needed to read this" (The Hobbit)
"This is was my first Stephen King novel and it will certainly be my last. I'm not sure why so many people recommend this book!To begin with, King takes 3 pages to explain something that he could have said in a sentence. To make matters worse, most of the details that he spends an ardously lengthy amount of time on are pointless. It is disappointing because the concept for the story has so much potential. Relative to other long books that I have read such as Les Miserables and War and Peace, The Stand is a simplistic and bland novel. The characters - who are all rednecks - as well as the plot of the story are completely uninteresting. To top it all off, the ending will leave you even more unimpressed. Overall, a terrible book." (The Stand)
"This is just your basic run-of-the mill soap opera that could be based on any modern day reality show. I'm just not that into you, Emily Bronte. Sorry. I'm giving my rose to someone else." (Wuthering Heights)
Do you get the picture yet? Bad reviews are part of the business. So when somebody says "A poorly-written knock-off of WWZ. Inconsistent in story and poorly edited, as well." (DEAD: The Ugly Beginning) You deal with it and move on. That is ONE person's opinion. You can't please everybody. If you think you can, then you are delusional and need to find another hobby.
Yep...I said hobby. If you are confronting critics over bad reviews, then you are an amateur and have no business in THE BUSINESS. And if you are one of those lames who go crying to your Facebook toadies, sending them on mini-jihads against your "evil oppressor", then find that rock you came out from under and get back there where you belong.
Listen up, I realize that it can sting a little, but bad reviews happen to good people. Save up those certain reviews that really made you feel good. And the next time you get lambasted, pull one of the oldie-but-goodies and recharge yourself. But for the love of all that is holy, stop the damn crying. If you want to be taken seriously, then you need to accept that this is part of the job description. It really is that simple.