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a reviewer's rights and freedoms

Okay, I'd like to make something clear to the entire world.  Yes, that's right, the entire freaking world.

You are not entitled to reviews.  And yes, that includes me.  I realize that if I wrote something and got no reviews, no comments, no feedback for it, that would be perfectly justified.  So please, please, do not bother me with the fact that I haven't reviewed your fic in a while.  Seriously.
 

I guess you might be wondering where this sudden rant is coming from.  Well, I'll tell you.  I received an email tonight.  From whom, it doesn't matter.  That's entirely irrelevant.  The point is, the email was from the author of a fic that I had been enjoying, along with many other readers.  I had, on occasion, reviewed in the past, when I felt the chapter moved me enough to do so.  I, quite honestly, am a rare reviewer.  Does that make me a hypocrite because of all the kind and lovely people who review my stuff, because of all the fic I read?  Possibly.

But the point I am trying to make here, is that when a reader who reviews often suddenly stops, who am I to question it?  I did have a reviewer, a lovely, lovely person, who stopped reviewing for a few chapters.  Did I wonder where she'd gone?  Yes.  Did I try to track her down and ask her why she'd stopped?  No.  If, by some randomness, you know her, then you know that she was always an anonymous reviewer.  I did, in time and by chance, come back into contact with her, and she's one of my favourite reviewers yet.  But there have been others, who reviewed a few times, I got to recognize their usernames, and sometimes, they would stop reviewing.  Did I try to track them down?  No.  Because I write for me, and for the people that choose to read, regardless of whether they review or not.

In this particular case, fanfiction.net's email system was down again, resulting in the email I received, explaining that a similar, if not identical email was also being sent out to other "MIA reviewers".  Okay, so I reviewed once or twice.  Does that mean I'm 'missing in action' just because I stopped?  I don't think so.  As I replied, " I do make it a point to not question a reader if they choose not to review for a period of time, and would appreciate the same consideration extended to myself."

I realize that sounds bitchy.  Sounds unappreciative of the writer's efforts to inform me of an update on a fic that I had clearly expressed interest for in the past.  In fact, I had read the latest chapter.  It was, uniform with the rest of the fic, good.  However, one thing bothered me.  This personal email was sent because fanfiction.net's email system was down.  But I was not on the email alert list for this fic - in fact, I chose long ago to not subscribe to email alerts for any fic.  Sending personal notifications to those on the list, I get.  But me?  I don't think so.

What I'm getting at here, is that I perceived this email as interrogatory.  Why aren't you reviewing?  The latest chapter is up.  Why haven't you read and reviewed it?  You've done so in the past, so why not now?

As I responded, "I would like it to be understood that I will review when I choose to, and not otherwise."

Every reader has the right to either review or to abstain from reviewing.  I, as a writer and a reader, like to think I respect this right.  I would appreciate it if others would do the same.

Now, I have, in fact, received an apology for what I perceived as an overly intrusive email.  And while I needed no apology, it was greatly appreciated.

  But the point is, everything I have said is not directed to a particular individual.  It's to writers as a whole.  We tend to get greedy, spoilt by kind reviewers.  Some have gone so far as to demand a certain number of reviews before continuing.  There is nothing that bothers me more than that.

In short.  Write because you love it.  Write for yourself, write for the readers, for the fandom, for the fan in you.  Reviews are just the icing on the cake.

End unusually calm and profanity-free rant.

Comments

Amen.
:0...That is so true...reviewing is nice,but optional.

Reviews

Applause, Applause!!! I am jaed621 some of you know my work from the ff site. As a writer, I LOVE reviews because they are a complete stroke to my ego and even when they aren't I appreciate the fact that a reader takes the time to give their opinion. I am especially flattered when someone comments on the style or a particular phrase or section that moved them. All reviews are a gift, of your time and thoughts and I could not sgree with you more on this topic. As a writer I try to give constructive and supportive reviews especially with writers that I see trying new things and growing in their work. I like to let them know that I noticed and I probobly review 90% of what I read but there are occassions that I choose not to and I too consider this my perogative. I also recieved an e-mail asking why I had not reviewed and was put off by the question, I don't owe a writer a review. As an author I joke in my author's notes with my readers to make them feel comfortable leaving their opinions or occassionally ask if there is interest in the story continuing but I understand that many people feel they don't know what to say. There is a difference between making reviewers feel welcome and demanding reviews. I would love it if everyone that read my work commented, but who wouldn't?
Thank you for this posting, it was, in my humble opinion, long overdue. To those of you that are reviewers, my deepest appreciation, to those that read my work, my greatest thanks. I will always write because like you Seralis, I do it for the love of writing. I too am now done ranting. Jaed

Re: Reviews

Hey you. How's it going? Yeah, Gayle told me you got the same email. And I have to say, I had been kind of wondering who else got it. And what their reactions were, because when I read it? Spazzing in indignation. Especially considering the case. I mean, it's not like it was lacking for reviews or anything. But I did go back and review that last chapter, although I wonder if a gushing review like the rest was expected, because that wasn't what I ended up giving.

If I had a review for every reader...the world would probably end. So it's just as well that I don't.

You're welcome, and thank you for writing. The fandom can always do with more quality writers who do it for the love. And on that note, I eagerly anticipate the next installment of Bathing Beauty. 'Cause there's going to be more, right? Hee.

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