Good reviews are awesome. I love them. Bad reviews suck. The End.
That's putting it in a nutshell, but being more explanatory, what author wouldn't love good book reviews. It's those awful, bad reviews that may cause some drama. And sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion about a particular book. But authors get bad reviews for a number of reasons (and some of them are so insane, I can't believe it). I'll list them for you:
1. The reviewer didn't like how the story ended.
2. The reviewer said the book was too short.
3. The reviewer didn't like the attitude of a particular character.
4. The reviewer had a bad day and decided to give the book a bad review.
5. The reviewer didn't like the use of slang.
6. The reviewer said the book was boring.
7. The reviewer didn't like the way a character dressed.
8. The reviewer didn't like the way the author told the story and felt they would've done it differently.
9. The reviewer didn't like the book because it doesn't follow the normal pattern of other books they've read in the same genre by different authors.
And not only do reviewers who post bad reviews have something BAD to say, but then they read all the good reviews for the book and make a comment in their BAD review that says something like this: Seems like I read a different book than everyone else here. Really?!
There are tons of reasons why people give books bad reviews. When it comes to reading, everyone thinks they're an expert. But until you (yes, you book reviewer) have been in the shoes of a writer, then you will never understand how tedious and difficult it is to be one. You'll never know how much work is involved in going through ten drafts of the same book, over and over, trying to perfect the work so we can get good reviews and maybe make it as a writer one day. Until then, please know that indie writers do not make money. Yet, they still put their hearts and souls into their work.
So cut us some slack. And the next time you find yourself, getting your fingers all warmed up to type a review, remember that before you describe someone's book as a "horrible piece of trash" think about how you would feel if someone said that about something you loved to do.
FYI - I no longer read bad book reviews.