How often do you encounter a fandom which spends their time flaming others who don’t agree with their overall opinion, or a crazy group of fans who won’t take “I didn’t like it” as an opinion? (such as Nerdfighters or Beliebers) This actually happens a LOT in the gaming world, where if you say you actually ENJOY The Sims you’ll probably get laughed at, ridiculed or shot down in flames (I’m exaggerating, but you get the point. You can actually like The Sims in some gaming communities).
For a hobby we spend our time critiquing books that others may LOVE and you may be potentially insulting them with your dislike of the book, or when that happens to you where someone shreds your favourite book to smithereens, there’s one thing I realised – We’re actually a pretty respectful bunch of fanpeople. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people get offended or insulted by a negative review of a book they liked, and I haven’t felt that as well.
Whether it’s because most of us have to be respectful reviewers, in order to avoid insulting authors/publishers of the books that we are working with, or whether we just accept different and opposing opinions as a thing. There’s plenty of reasons why that is, and it just makes me so happy that we’re a welcoming bunch to different opinions. After all, if everyone loved the same book ALL OF THE TIME then there would be no book review blogs.
This makes the community more friendly and welcoming to newbies and discussion, because we love seeing others’ opinions on books. I don’t know about you, but I don’t care whether another reviewer’s opinion of a book is negative or positive, as long as it’s one that is thought provoking and inspires discussion. Of course you might get that whole “awww, too bad you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did”, but that’s pretty tame in comparison to flaming. Or maybe you’re just stabbing them in your mind.
We’re usually open to others’ opinions, even on perennial favourites such as the Throne of Glass series, or Daughter of Smoke and Bone, or The Lunar Chronicles series. People are confident in coming out and saying they were the black sheep and they didn’t like it as much as everyone else, because you’re entitled to your own opinion. We understand.
What do you think – are book people more respectful in comparison to other fandoms? Do you get insulted when someone rants about your favourite book?