This may sound incredible, but until yesterday I hadn't even noticed that you could comment on reviews. I only did so when I noticed 3 comments on one of mine.
I skimmed past a blog posted on Twitter about this yesterday; unfortunately, something else distracted me and I forgot to read it, then later on I found myself wondering about that very thing.
My initial reaction is NO! I make the following points:
- It would be lovely to thank everyone for the good reviews, but then you would also have to thank people for the so-so ones, wouldn't you? And make some reasonable sounding comment about the bad ones.
- People are entitled to express their opinion in a public arena without having it criticised and questioned.
- Whereas thanking someone for something can never be wrong, people should be confident enough in their own work not to have to explain or justify it.
- You can't tell people how to read something; for instance, you can't say "But Penelope's motivation was always to have Raoul love her, not just to retrieve the diamonds!" Maybe you should've sharpened old Raoul up a bit, I say.
- It would be tempting to get into further discussion with someone who had bothered to write a review but is it all that productive? I am writing this off the top of my head and it just occurred to me that maybe this could be a 'YES' argument.
- Apart from thanking someone, it's not very cool.
Would LOVE opinions on this!