Ever read a review that made you cringe because you loved the book so much? Well, imagine how the author feels!
As bloggers, we can’t constantly be thinking about how an author will receive critical observation, or we’d be so crippled by the thought that we’d never say anything at all–which is entirely contrary to the spirit of citizen reviewing. BUT. There are times when things get so snarky that you do feel bad for the undoubtedly lovely person who put pen to paper, especially if you’ve gotten to know the author online.
While many writers choose not to read their negative reviews (or just aren’t admitting it), the savvy ones who do, learn to put this stuff into context and try not to take it too much to heart. But never let it be said that The Midnight Garden allows its guests to rest upon their laurels! We invited 9 of our favorite YA authors to read snippets from some of their ouchiest reviews so that for a few brief moments, we could experience what they go through on a regular basis.
We were partly inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s Celebrities Read Mean Tweets feature, and a few months ago a group of children’s authors also did something similar. But as booknerds and YA fans, we think you’re going to get a special kick out of what our guests came up with.
YA Authors Read Snarky Reviews
So here it is in all its glory. Turn up your speakers, and enjoy!
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You may also check out the video on YouTube! We just opened a brand new channel, so please be gentle with us. And hey, if you’re active on YouTube, please consider subscribing, because who knows what other authors we might maneuver into uncomfortable situations in the future. Ahem.
Huge thanks to the following intrepid authors who didn’t laugh derisively in our faces when Kate and I sent out email invites, and were willing to face the snark with the same playfulness and graciousness that we’ve come to admire over the years:
We love and respect every single one of these authors, both as writers and as all-around hilarious, down-to-earth people, and sincerely appreciate that they trusted us enough to participate in this project. This was all done in the spirit of fun, and we thank them for being such great sports. All the spouses and partners who helped out also deserve a round of applause, both from our guests and on our side.
Special thanks to my partner in crime and co-blogger Kate. When I said, “We should make this video!” she didn’t even blink at the idea, even though neither one of us had ever been involved in something quite like it. In between flying out of the country and shooting a TV guest spot, she learned new software and edited everything together, as well shooting the introduction to the piece. This project would have been a whole lot harder–and a lot less fun–without her.
So…tell us what you think of our project! Weren’t our authors fantastic?! We’re already mulling over what our next video topic should be…