Today, I'd like to issue a challenge. Inspired by the Tumblr One-Star Book Reviews, I'd like for you to look up your top five favorite novels on Goodreads or Amazon and post an excerpt from the first one-star review you see! I think it'll be a fun and encouraging activity that helps demonstrate how everyone and everything gets bad reviews sometimes.
This is not meant to demean reviewers. We appreciate you! <3 No personal insults are allowed--this is about the books and the books only! Also, let it be noted that you should never make fun of reviews of your own work. 'Tis not professional.
I'll begin, using Goodreads!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harold Bloom recommends this for "the carrion eaters of scholarship" and says, "Can 35 Million Book Buyers Be Wrong? Yes... The Harry Potter epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane."
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jana says, "I can’t believe that I bought a book that is so stupid, violent and written so plainly but of course written for vast masses so they can be touched by fake social awareness... Some people seriously are not up to be parents if they condone this book."
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Keely says, "Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda... The only political system [their world] resembles is a school... She is another child of WWII and the Cold War who hasn't learned her lesson..." and continues on about propaganda and Fascism for many more paragraphs.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Erin says, "Hamlet is a whiny brat who should try shutting his mouth long enough to actually do something about his situation...!"
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Kate says, "This is, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever read, and I would not dream of encouraging young people to read it."
Now it's your turn! Thanks for reading! Next time I'll be doing an "on this day in my history" post.
Before you go, a quick note: registration for Ch1Con 2015 is now open! You can get early bird registration for a very nice low price right now, so get moving! We've announced three speakers so far, with two more to come. The three announced are Ava Jae (upcoming author of Beyond the Red), Taryn Albright (the Girl with the Green Pen), and KAT ZHANG (bestselling author of The Hybrid Chronicles)!!! It's splendidtacular and if you are a writer from mid school to undergrad level, you are super welcome! <3 <3
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