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Okay, I can’t resist. After my last post about reviews here, I’ve gotten lots of examples and suggestions for bad reviews. Here’s a post from some years ago, plus these fabulous examples from Terry Tyler.

gold starWhen I get a bad review…

I play the one-star game. It’s easy! Just take any classic work of literature, and check out its one-star reviews.

For example:





“This book is the worst love story ever! Read Stephenie Meyer books!” ~Sachi ❤ Review

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, 1595




“P to-the-double-O P.”~ Ring Mah Bell’s review

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 1813


“While the plot was very gripping and well-written, the book didn’t actually instruct me on how to kill a mockingbird. I bought this book intending to do away with this obnoxious bird that’s always sitting in my backyard and making distracting noises. I had hoped this book would shed some light on how to humanely dispose of the bird, but unfortunately it was this story about a lawyer and a falsely-accused criminal. As I said, the plot is great but nowhere in the book does it say exactly how to kill a mockingbird.” ~Eddy Allen’s Review

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960

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“This book is SO BORING that I LITERALLY FELL ASLEEP! I also ended crying because I had SO MUCH expectations, that I was disappointed with what I read.

I also had a extremely bad day at work and I needed some kind of relief. This book didn’t make me smile 1 bit.


Extremely Grammatically Disappointed, Henrietta Wimple

— Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer’s] Stone by J.K. Rowling, 1997



“The only good thing about having read this (probably ten years ago) was that I did not pay for it. The woman I was working for at the time forced me to read it; she had read it and thought it was wonderful, and since I had some kind of reputation as a reader she wanted (demanded, actually) my opinion.

I gave it to her.

I don’t really think that has anything to do with the fact that I didn’t work for her much longer.” ~Tracey’s Review

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, 2006


“Twilight with whips, chains, and even worse writing.”

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, 2011

Oh, yeah. I wrote that one…

Want to play? Tweet your favorite to #1-starClassics. What’s your favorite literary slam?


Here’s one to get you started.

[image credit: Goodreads] https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5205104?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

[image credit: Goodreads]

added NOTES:

  1. For a seriously helpful and entertaining look at handling bad reviews written by successful author Terry Tyler, see her post Dealing With Bad Reviews
  2. In the spirit of full disclosure: a one-star reviewer of my humorous travel memoir of trip to India complained, “I thought there would be cowboys.”