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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
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Northrop Frye
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Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
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The Looking-Glass Portrait
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Debunking Square B5

Square B5 on the now infamous "Things YA reviewers do that pisses off precious Authors" states: 


Reviewer thinks girl main character is whiny, unlikable, unsympathetic. 


Why is this so wrong?  If a reviewer thinks a character is whiny or stupid, insecure or immature, overly emotional or coldly uncaring, doesn't she have that right? 


Isn't it the job of the reviewer to read and then share her reactions with other readers?


Or isn't she entitled to any opinion but "ZOMFG, I soooooooooooo want to be HER!!!!"


Square B5 refers to a reader's reaction to the book, her interpretation, her opinion.  That's what reviewers are supposed to do in a review.  Just because you don't agree with that assessment or don't like it doesn't mean it's wrong.


What you've just done, Author Who Gloats About Creating This Bingo Card Whoever You Are, is to tell reviewers that if they don't love your Girl MC, they will be subject to ridicule.  And so will the other readers who rely, even in part, on that reviewer's reviews and recommendations.  Why would any reader/reviewer risk that?


You're putting out a product, Ms. Author of the Bingo Card.  You're expecting to be paid for that product.  The people who buy your product have a right to an opinion of what kind of product it was.  And they have a right to share that opinion honestly.  If they feel they can't review honestly, if they feel the author is wielding the Ax of Public Humiliation over them, they may give you a glowing review, or they may give you none at all.


Or they may tell you and your stupid bingo card to go straight to hell.


And I know you're going to say that readers have a Bingo card with the actions of Badly Behaving Authors on it.  There's a huge difference:  Where your card points out an action in Square B5 that's a perfectly normal response of a reader to a situation in a book, the BBA Bingo card highlights actions authors should never engage in.