Bad Reviews Quotes

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“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
Sid Ziff

Dorothy Parker
“This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it."

[Women Know Everything!]”
Dorothy Parker

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“As for literary criticism in general: I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel or a play or a poem is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or a banana split.”
kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

Oscar Wilde
“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.”
Oscar Wilde

Dorothy Parker
“So, you're the man who can't spell 'fuck.'"
Dorothy Parker to Norman Mailer after publishers had convinced Mailer to replace the word with a euphemism, 'fug,' in his 1948 book, "The Naked and the Dead.”
Dorothy Parker

Moses Hadas
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.”
Moses Hadas

Erica Jong
“Beware of the man who denounces woman writers; his penis is tiny and he cannot spell.”
Erica Jong

Dorothy Parker
“She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.”
Dorothy Parker

Mark Twain
“Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.”
Mark Twain

Mark Twain
“To me [Edgar Allan Poe's] prose is unreadable—like Jane Austin's [sic]. No there is a difference. I could read his prose on salary, but not Jane's. Jane is entirely impossible. It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.”
Mark Twain

Mark Twain
“Everytime I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
Mark Twain

H.L. Mencken
“He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.
(writing about US President Warren G. Harding)
H.L. Mencken

Dorothy Parker
“I know that an author must be brave enough to chop away clinging tentacles of good taste for the sake of a great work. But this is no great work, you see.”
Dorothy Parker

Jerome K. Jerome
“What readers ask nowadays in a book is that it should improve, instruct and elevate. This book wouldn't elevate a cow. I cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purposes whatever. All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading "the best hundred books," you may take this for half an hour. It will be a change.”
Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

Martin Amis
“While clearly an impregnable masterpiece, Don Quixote suffers from one fairly serious flaw—that of outright unreadability.”
Martin Amis, The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000

Salman Rushdie
“Do not start me on The Da Vinci Code ... a novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name."

(Discussion at Woodruff Auditorium in Lawrence, KS; October 7, 2005.)”
Salman Rushdie

Oscar Wilde
“What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb.

American novels, answered Lord Henry.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Mark Twain
“I think the Cincinnati Enquirer must be edited by children.”
Mark Twain

Mark Twain
“Once you've put one of his [Henry James] books down, you simply can't pick it up again.”
Mark Twain

Mark Twain
“There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Fenimore Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now.”
Mark Twain, Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses

Oliver Markus
“Self-publishing a shitty book doesn't make you an author any more than singing in the shower makes you a rockstar or squeezing your pimple makes you a dermatologist.”
Oliver Markus

Mark Twain
“Jane Austen's books, too, are absent from this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.”
Mark Twain

Mark Twain
“On a book by Henry James: "Once you put it down, you simply can't pick it up.”
Mark Twain

C.W. Gortner
“Even a bad review is still a review. It means someone cared enough to take the time to say: Hey, this sucks. Don’t bother. Buy a DVD instead...Yes, someone cared. And isn’t that what every writer dreams of?...So, how did I deal with bad reviews? How else? I cry. I get mad. I pretend not to care. Then I pour myself a glass of wine and call a friend to complain.”
C.W. Gortner

Ilona Andrews
“If a book isn’t at least somewhat polarizing, it didn’t say anything of value.

[Blog entry - November 1, 2014]”
Ilona Andrews

Ana Claudia Antunes
“? Reviews are for readers AND authors. It’s a good way of learning from what people think about the work. Being it good or bad. A book might as well be hurt by a bad, poorly written review. That’s such a pity. Some people don’t know how to express themselves, and maybe that’s why they are just readers and not writers, others read a book like chewing a cupcake. That’s too bad. If that was not your cup of tea, leave it there, untouched. Don’t go bash the author for that. But if you really hate the book, why bother telling others. It’s your problem after all. You can give constructive opinions but don’t blame the author for your different tastes and views. Also authors shouldn’t comment on reviews, it sounds unprofessional, even silly. Some busy writers don’t even have time to read what other people say about their work. If someone enjoyed your book, or not, that is irrelevant. If you will continue or not to write something else it doesn´t add to the plate.. Besides, why bother commenting on a review, just read it and shut up. Being it good or bad. So my opinions about authors commenting on reviews is just my opinions after all!”
Ana Claudia Antunes

C.W. Gortner
“A bad review – or several— is, of course, one of the unavoidable pitfalls of being published.Some authors cry. Others get drunk. Most get mad. A few take it in stride, or at least, pretend to. After all, it’s our book someone just skewered...In the end even a bad review is still a review. It means someone cared enough to take the time to say: Hey, this sucks... Buy a DVD instead...So, how did I deal with bad reviews? How else? I cry. I get mad. I pretend not to care. Then I pour myself a glass of wine and call a friend to complain.”
C.W. Gortner

“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone. -- Mark Twain, speaking of Jane Austen”
PBS, The Great American Read: The Book of Books: Explore America's 100 Best-Loved Novels

Stephen King
“I obsess over the possibility of bad reviews and brood over them when they come. But they don't get me down for long; I just kill a few children and old ladies, and then I'm right as a trivet again...”
Stephen King, Four Past Midnight

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