Harping On Harper Lee

As an author, I’ve gotten good and bad reviews. The later always sting, but it’s part of the biz.

Nevertheless, I was curious if a classic, like To Kill A Mockingbird, had received any negative reviews.

To my amazement, it has quite a few!

I especially loved the reviewer who gave it 2 stars and misspelled Pulitzer Prize, or the teen who said it was boring and “there’s barely any actions.”

So how should writers handle such critique?

One author I know says she NEVER reads reviews of her books.

I may join her!!


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J.E. Lowder

I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: "Nay, the really sane man know that he has a touch of the madman." I'm married, the father of four wonderful children, and a proud grandfather. I currently live near Nashville, TN where I write, bike and am always on the prowl for adventure and stories.

5 thoughts on “Harping On Harper Lee”

  1. Writers read books. Critics read critics.

    Am I generalizing? Yep.

    Write and let it go. Read a review or don’t. It’s all about how tightly you hold.

    At least, for me.


  2. I don’t mind negative feedback as long as it’s constructive-critique rather than just an expression of subjective opinion or personal preference. The negative reviews I despise are those obviously written by other writers and deliberately posted to undermine a fellow-artist’s chances of success – goodness only knows what motivates such behaviour!

    This particular line – seemingly eruditely pontificated to the world in response to Firebird – both amuses and annoys me in equal measure: “There’s typos, all over the place… and most, are simply careless mystakes.” Yes: one grammatical error and one spelling mistake in the same sentence… Hey ho… 🙂


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