Previously I’ve ranted on book haters and rude reviewers but there’s always the scenario that the rude person is not the reviewer but the author.
A very well known greek author, Chrysa Dimoulidou was the excuse for this post. She has written many books and she is famous enough but nothing gives her the right to be rude to reviewers.
Let me talk to you a bit about her in order to make an example out of the situation. Someone wrote a negative review for her book and apparently she found it unacceptable because she can’t comprehend the fact that someone didn’t like her book. She asked from the editorial manager to stop posting such reviews. She claimed to be an amazing author because of the number of her books and the amount of sales (and I won’t object about that) and she demanded that the manager has to be more ‘careful’ when it comes to such reviews. She stated that the reviewer has to deal with watching her because more and more famous because she knows that in the future she will keep writing best sellers. So in other words she asked that only positive reviews should be posted about her books and that negative reviews should be turned down.
In general I agree that the reviewer should be polite and definitely not offensive but nobody has the right to shut a reviewer down. We have every right to express our opinion about a book because that’s our freaking job. Authors should know that a book can’t be liked by everyone. It’s practically impossible. They should accept negative reviews more like advice and next time try harder.
We live in a free word and we’re supposed to be encouraged to express our opinion. Authors should be thankful that there are people out there who give their books a chance. They should be grateful for the time we spend on reading and they should accept reviews no matter how good or bad they are. That’s democracy and that’s the new world.
So Mrs. Dimoulidou, if you happen to see this post and get offended, I don’t give a damn because you’re rude and selfish. I will never ever give your books a chance but not because of your writing style but because of your awful personality. You don’t deserve my time.
What do you really think about that? I know I get furious when something like that happens.