There is another HUGE debate brewing between authors and agents and bloggers. If I am understanding everything correctly it started with this review of Tempest by Julie Cross on GoodReads. The whole skerfuffle has snowballed and I guess a lot of it went to twitter. I haven't read enough of it to know what it's all about but I read some comments on this site. I guess what dismays me the most is someone comments (maybe an agent or maybe an author) was that bloggers who review books are bitter unpublished writers.
What happened to people just being readers. Everyone has an opinion, good or bad. I don't think you should be mean spirited, but I also don't think you should hide your opinions! I am not a writer, nor do I aspire to be. But I LOVE books. I LOVE them!! And I have my opinions. And as a librarian I am constantly, evey day, asked to share them.
I am also aware that just because I don't like a book doesn't mean someone else won't. There have been several books in recent years I haven't liked nearly as much as other bloggers, but that's ok. For most of the books I read and purchase I am not the target audience. One of the most popular series in my library is the Vampire Kisses series. I read the first one and didn't love it. However, if a young reader wants more vampires, I always recommend them.
I know everyone is overreacting. When authors criticize a reviewer/blogger for being too personal and then turn around and make personal attacks at the reviewer/blogger it doesn't help the cause any.
There does need to be respect, but people can also state their opinions! And not every blogger is a bitter, unpublished writer! Some just want to truly share their love of reading and books!
Just my little voice chiming in...