Wednesday, April 14, 2010

mean amazon reviews...even God isn't immune!

All authors, myself included, have stressed over a less-than-flattering review. But hey, it seems not even the authors on the Great Books reading list are immune to one-star amazon reviews.

My husband forwarded me an alternatively amusing and horrifying article about mean Amazon reviews, posted on salon.com earlier this month. Here's a sample of what some Amazon reviewers have to say about...

The Grapes of Wrath: "trite, contrived"

To Kill a Mockingbird: "more degrading than a harlequin romance" (say WHAT???)

Jane Eyre (one of my all-time faves): "the entire book is written in pointless metaphors"

Charlotte's Web: "I felt no feelings toward any of the characters."
(this reviewer obviously has no qualms eating bacon)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: "This book is 3 words over and over again: MY LIFE IS BAD." (apparently, this reviewer isn't so good at math)

Where the Wild Things Are: "[the kid] talks back to his mother. Save your money."

1984: "DO NOT READ ANY GEORGE ORWELL. Your [sic] just wasting your time. "

Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl: "very very very very very very very very very very very boring. If you have to read this book, shoot yourself first." (This book had me in tears as a teenager. Can you even imagine being as heartless as this reviewer?)

and, last but definitely not least...even the Almighty is not immune...

The BIBLE: "Boring...harder to get into than Lord of the Rings. James Patterson could do better." (I'm picturing God and JRR Tolkien sharing a chuckle over this one.)

For full texts of the reviews above, see the original article at salon.com


See ya!

Joy

4 comments:

Jennie Marsland April 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

What a great post! It had me laughing and shaking my head at the same time. Reviewing the Bible and comparing it to LOTR? You're right, God and Mr. Tolkien must have chuckled over that one. A lot of my favorite books are listed here. Is my taste that bad??

Gerri Russell April 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

Joy,

I love it! Thanks for sharing.

EmilyBryan April 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

Well, that certainly puts Amazon reviews in perspective, doesn't it?

Gillian Layne April 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

Yeah, what Emily said. :)

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