I’ve seen this image, along with other variations of it plastered all of Facebook as of late. It makes sense, of course. It encourages people to support authors in various ways. Definitely not a bad thing. However, the last bullet is what really gets me.
“Posting positive reviews on their book’s Amazon page, their website, blog, FB page…”
Freeze. Only post positive reviews? I love a positive review as much as the next writer, but let’s face it; No one ONLY gets positive reviews. I’m sure a writer made this image with good intentions. However, I feel like that last bullet is almost a subliminal message. What I take away from it is that readers should only post a review if it’s a positive one, giving praise to the book. Therefore, if a reader has negative things to say about a book, they shouldn’t post the review.
I understand that no one wants to receive a negative review. Negative reviews persuade potential readers against buying an author’s book. And personally I think the star rating system of books is flawed, but I’ll discuss that another time. Books aren’t perfect. I challenge you to find a book that has a large number of ratings, all of them at least four stars, with not a single bad thing to say about it. I’m willing to bet that’s impossible.
That leaves me with these questions: Is this image asking readers to lie in their reviews? Should they only say good things about the books they read?