Archive for September 15th, 2010

I usually try to stay out of the drama in Romanceland but a new trend seems to have developed lately that really disturbs me. Reviewers have a responsibility that a few have decided to shrink.

I don’t ask for much when reading a review. I just want honesty. Loved the book? Tell me why. You thought it was the biggest waste of paper ever? Again, I just want to know why.  I will admit, I get really confused by reviewers that read a book in a genre they hate, then trash it on blogs but that is a post for another day.

Today is about the “p” word. Plagiarism.  That is a very serious accusation yet I’m seeing it thrown about more frequently on review blogs, Amazon, and Goodreads. So far this week, I have seen this happen twice. I have something to say to those reviewers. If you are going to throw that out there, you damn well better back it up with examples of said plagiarism. If someone is reading your reviews, then you have a responsibility to that reader to give them FACTS. If you use that word, I want to see exactly what was copied word for word.

When you are reading books from the same genre, there are bound to be similarities. There is no way around that. Feel free to point those similarities out in your review but be very careful about the words you use. Once you hit that publish button, those words are out there and they will be read. And once that happens, if you don’t have facts to back up your accusations, then any trust in you as a reviewer is gone. At the very least, you are going to look like a fool and anger many readers and authors.

All I’m saying here is be responsible. Know the meaning of the words you use and know the consequences. And if you are posting reviews like this just to get traffic to your site, get that traffic with your own hard work. Don’t do it by spreading lies about the authors that have busted their asses to bring us countless hours of enjoyment.

*stepping off soapbox*

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