Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.
I was going through a few reviews when this topic struck me. I’m sure a lot of bloggers have discussed this topic but today I wanted to share my opinion as well. So let’s talk about why it’s perfectly okay to be the black sheep in the book blogging community.
So what is a black sheep, you may ask?
One who is considered disreputable or disgraceful because of their different opinion. Okay… that might be a bit too much! 😛 I’m sure that’s not the case in the book blogging community.
This can be interpreted as one who has an entirely different opinion about a book that is majorly liked by most of the people.
Am I a black sheep?
Eeh… I think I am. *baa baaa…*
I’ve seen in Goodreads, if a book is popular, most of the times the ratings are 70% or 80% positive. But what about the rest of the percentage? There are a few people who obviously didn’t like the book as much as other people did.
It has happened to me. I’m giving one example (I hope Cait doesn’t see this otherwise she’s going to turn me into a pineapple this time for sure!)- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Although I’ve met some people who have shared the same opinion as me but it’s majorly liked by the bookish community. I had to DNF the book and I couldn’t even reach halfway because I was bored with it as I felt the plot was going nowhere. Yes, I definitely want to give it another try this year but my opinion majorly differs from others.
So is this a bad thing?
Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But yes if you say crappy things about a book you didn’t like, then I’m going to have a huge problem with you because I’m 100% against bashing. The author put so much effort in creating up a whole book, you can’t simply disrespect that because you didn’t like it. However, if one politely states their reason or opinion for not liking the book, then I don’t think it’s a problem at all.
I’ve been in the book blogging community for more than 6 months now and I know for a matter of fact that this is an amazing community, full of supportive people. I have met so many amazing people as well and I know that everybody respects the others opinion, how different it might be.
I confess, when I just started blogging I was afraid to be judged if I disliked a book that was mostly liked by other people, I thought people would hate me. BUT guess what? Nobody did. Everybody respected my opinion.
So it is completely okay to have a different opinion, even if a book is massively popular and you didn’t like it or enjoy it as much as you thought you would. Share your honest opinions and definitely don’t sugar coat it, then everybody will respect you and accept you as you are in this amazing bookish community.
So any of you share my opinion? Are you thr black sheep in the book blogging community? Did you read a book and you didn’t like it, were you afraid to share your opinion with others? Share your thoughts with me, wonderful people! ❤