I’ve been thinking a lot about Goodreads lately. I’ve been using the site for a while now, and generally I am just annoyed at all the notifications for spammy things from other bloggers. Recently though I have just been approving everyone as friends who asks because I am generally interested in what people are reading and what the think about it. However I think people forget that Goodreads is still an open part of the interwebz and say things there they normally wouldn’t say elsewhere. Goodreads is an epic pit of negativity and snark. I thought I would write a post about the different reviewers I see on Goodreads.
The critical critic
This is the person in your stream that never likes any book ever. Maybe once they liked a book but it was written in Latin and published in 1200AD. Other than that one book they never like any book ever and their reviews are about 12,000 words of telling you what is wrong with every single sentence in the book they just read completely through even though it sucked.
The Snarkalicious Popular Kid
This is the person who is like #5 on the top reviewers list on Goodreads. Sometimes they like a book but they only like the ones that won some prize and nothing that ever hits the NYT is good enough. However instead of a analytical analysis of every sentence you get about 300 words that look like this:
This book is totally a rip off of Twilight which fucking sucked anyways right!? LOL! I mean her hair was long and Bella’s hair is long and the guy in the book is totally broody hello creeper Edward! I like had to stop at that part where they kissed and I threw the book against the wall and screamed something like OMFG I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS SHIT BOOK JUST DID THAT. Then I totes picked it up and finished even though I hate it lolz. This author is so crap, like spork my eyes out for real!
Then you have my favorite
The Normal Reviewer
Who is always respectful, who doesn’t spam people or make fun of the authors or the books. Who give me real reviews that I can trust. And I love you real people.