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22 July 2012 @ 08:43 pm
Stop the Goodreads Bullies - Or Bullies are Bullied.  
I'm not sure if anyone knows the site goodreads.com (I think a few of you do). Well, it's a great place to go and leave your thoughts on books. But lately there has been some major wank with the group. Apparently a group called 'Stop the GR Bullies' has formed. They've formed with the idea that the bullies of goodreads - people who give reviews that are one or two stars - need to be stopped.

The site is posting personal information about the "bullies". So, aren't they being bullies and harassing these people? I've read many of the so-called "bullies" reviews, and while some are rude, most are well thought out and simply their opinions. Mostly, it seems like a bunch of people (or three)saw some of their favorite authors/novels getting one and two star reviews and decided to bully and harass the more popular reviewers who are giving the one and two stars.

It's pure silliness, and I wonder if the 'stop gr bullies' couldn't get in trouble for posting personal details (location, photos, etc) of the so-called "bullies"? The so-called 'good guys' really come across as childish bullies.
I Feel: confusedconfused
pinksoniapinksonia on July 23rd, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Really? What is wrong with people? Having different taste is not bullying, particularly if it is clear that they've read the book and do not just have some vendetta against the author.
Nichole: [Call Girl] Bike Ridewalkwithheroes on July 23rd, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure. Reading about, it seems several YA authors are members of the site, and aren't taking bad reviews well. Lots of melt downs. Which gets their friends/fans are upset and then they go out and do all sorts of things. It just starts fights and reminds me of middle school.
~Lirpa~: WTF? Datakatje0711 on July 23rd, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Wow. Where on earth are the admins of this site?
Nichole: [BBF] Surrounded by Dramawalkwithheroes on July 23rd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Goodreads doesn't actually have admins. It's like LJ, they have people in charge; but, no one's monitoring reviews and comments. You can report issues and the people who run the site can look into it. but, they usually stay out of it.
jamieguo48jamieguo48 on July 23rd, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
I wonder if there is more behind it then that. This is a great link that explains more about the site: http://fozmeadows.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/bullying-goodreads/

I would like to know if someone is paying for this and who's really behind this. Because I read a lot book blogs like Smart Bitches, Dear Arthur, and with the huge rise of self publishing, reviews are more important then ever now for people to make money off their books.

There's been a lot of controversy about people making false reviews, getting paid for reviews, authors making several accounts on goodreads, Amazon just to leave positive reviews, and at the same time, there's been a huge backlash against negative reviews.

If reviews equal money now, it's a whole new world out there and something like this group can help make reviewers uncomfortable with leaving bad reviews, however well deserved.

Nicholewalkwithheroes on July 23rd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I think a lot of this has snowballed. I know that for the last few months many YA authors have joined Goodreads and have had major meltdowns over book reviews that are less than positive. Looking at the "bullies", most of them do have their own book blogs and do get advanced copies of certain novels. There have been a few cases of a reviewer writing a bad/snarky review and than being harassed by the author of the book, other authors, and fans.

The biggest thing - the thing that pushed things over the edge - was when a reviewer wrote a review for "The Selection", a young adult novel from a debut author. The author took to twitter and actually called the reviewer a bitch. The author than talked with her friend (via twitter) about ways to get people they know to write 4 and 5 star reviews.