Meh comments …

Every once in a while, I google myself just to see what people are saying about the books. Today, I came across a strange comment, posted by someone who has evidently seen/read Karma Girl.

It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad. It was just what my significant other and I call a meh comment. Roughly translated, Meh means I don’t care one way or the other. Or It won’t kill me, but I’m not overly enthused about the prospect. Like when I ask my significant other if he wants to go to a particular restaurant. Sometimes, he looks at me, shrugs, and says Meh.

What I read today was definitely a Meh. It wasn’t a scathing review, but it didn’t make my day be a barrel of sunshine either. But, I’m going to let it go and hope that the good comments will outweigh the Meh ones.

So what do you do about Meh comments? Scathing reviews? Do you fight back or let them slide? Inquiring minds want to know …

4 Responses to “Meh comments …”

  1. Meljean says:

    Oh man — “meh”s are the worst. I’d rather actually have someone hate my book than think it’s just … blah (or worse, forgettable).

    All reviews, I pretty much let go without comment (although I will thank most reviewers, if I think it’ll be okay to comment on the blog, or privately via e-mail). Even mistakes in the review, I won’t correct unless it’s a very bad error (I had one reviewer say my hero was a vampire when he was a Guardian (an angel-like being)) and only if it’s a professional review site. It’s more difficult to decide with blogs, I think.

  2. Jennifer Estep says:

    I don’t know. I’m not sure I’d rather have someone hate the book, although I’m sure there are people out there who will. But, hopefully, those will be outweighed by the folks who like it …

    I’m going to try not to let the reviews get to me, although if there is a glaring error in one, I will politely write in and ask that it be corrected.

    Being a writer is such a tough business. Why can’t people just shower us with adoration? ;-)

  3. Heather Monroe says:

    What did the review say, exactly? Sometimes when recommending a book to a friend, I will say something along the lines of, “it’s not the greatest book out there, but it’s at least enjoyable.” This actually means that I enjoyed the book – it just wasn’t one of the FEW that I couldn’t put down.


    PS The latest one of the FEW – “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Piccoult. If you haven’t read it, you simply must!

  4. Jennifer Estep says:

    It wasn’t a review, just a two-line sentence that said that vampires have hotter sex than the heroes in my book. Not good, but not really bad either. Like I said, it was a “meh” comment.

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about “My Sister’s Keeper.” I’ll add it to my list of books to get. Thanks for the tip. I’m always on the lookout for good books to read. :-)

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