|SOME of my latest purchases|
As I have recently been on a somewhat obscene book buying spree, it occurs to me that some negative reviews might actually help book sales. When I’m browsing through them, I find I’m much more likely to buy a book if it has several negative reviews from people I don’t feel a ‘book identification’ with. Here is what I mean:
1. They can’t construct an even somewhat reasonable sentence.
2. They have slammed several books (although sometimes even just one other) that I LOVE.
3. They say, “I didn’t read past chapter one.”
4. They say, “Based on the blurb…”
5. They are complaining that “This book” is very different from the writer’s other works for which they are a loyal and dying fan (and I wasn’t a fan of that other body of work.)
6. (This is a big, big red flag for me!) They give one or two stars to classics that I hold in reverence and make comments such as, “boring, slow, unreadable, etc, etc…”
Do negative reviews ever prompt instead of discourage your purchase?
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