This discussion is inspired by conversations I've had recently with a few of my favorite bloggers. It seems like there are certain authors that aren't criticized honestly or given anything less than stellar reviews. Without singling out any particular book or author, what I want to know is:
Are Certain Authors Sacrosanct?
What I mean by this question is: do you find that bloggers are hesitant to give certain authors honest (and possibly bad) reviews? Also, are there certain authors for whom you couldn't stand to give a negative review? That is, not that you would write up a dishonest review but that maybe you would skip reviewing a work of theirs formally if it wasn't going to be a good review . . . ? I have found the former to be true with a certain author -- not that maybe everyone doesn't love this author's works and/or is giving dishonest reviews but moreso that it seems like a lot of bloggers are giving this author more favorable reviews than they normally would. I find both the former and latter to be stronger possibilities the closer a blogger is with the author. I also think there can be sort of a mob mentality for certain enormously popular authors such that bloggers may be hesitant to give less than glowing reviews because they are worried about blow-back/retaliation from other bloggers. Maybe this is less common of an occurrence than I'm making it out to be but it's on my mind.
For me, personally, there are certain authors for whom I cringe when I have to give a less than stellar review. I don't change my review but sometimes I perhaps don't post the review on my blog (only on NG or GR) and I certainly go out of my way to not publicize it. It's not easy when you love an author but don't love something they've written and yet, at the same time, I owe my readership nothing less my most honest thoughts regarding what I've read.
As always, these are just my thoughts -- I'm sure someone somewhere has discussed something similar. And if you know of such a post, please link it to me below! What I do want to know if certain authors are sacred to you such that you couldn't bear to leave them a negative review or whether you believe that certain authors out there have such a following that other bloggers are scared or at least apprehensive to leave an honest review of their work. Please remember, this is a judgment free zone -- I want to know what you think and please share your thoughts freely!
WHAT DO YOU THINK and
ARE ANY AUTHORS SACRED FOR YOU?