March 3rd, 2012
|09:47 am - 'Cover misleading... Legos doen't play a critical role in this book'|
Last time - it was years ago - I linked to a blog that made fun of stupid Amazon reviews, a couple of my friends said I was being an intellectual snob. Yeah but. It is really funny. Here is a blog of 'least helpful' Amazon reviews. To be fair only some are ignorant and illiterate. Most are racist and/or selfish. Like the review of a supermarket in Los Angeles, where he says 'People look at you angrily when you say get out of my way fatty'.
The review of a beer bong which says it must have something wrong with it because after they drank the beer some of them threw up made me laugh so much the computer was shaking about.
I LOVED the one with the Lego. And also the one that went gay = racist. You gotta admire the thought process that went into that one. :D
Oh, yes, I missed that one. 'Same-race orientation'. OMG.
Nowt wrong with laughing at wilful ignorance. It discourages it.
'It's easy to mock', 'Fun too'
Did you see that one who said his problem with 'The Paper Bag Princess' was its message that 'A female can do almost anything'. Why do people like that always call women and girls 'females'.
Edited at 2012-03-03 04:57 pm (UTC)
No, I don't recall the original spat. But I once asked what a certain man was like, and the person I was talking to hesitated and then said "He's the sort who always calls the Falklands the Malvinas."
It has to be said that some of the reviews are actually helpful, even if not in the way the writer intended. eg. I would flag the review warning that the book about babies shows same sex parents as helpful, because I might want a book with same sex parents. (Actually, I'm VERY likely to want such a book if I ever become a granny)
Many people are really voting on whether they share the reviewer's sentiments.
Yes, though I do hope there are other reviews making the same points in a friendlier way.
Well, for a friendly one (on another topic) that got lots of negatives, I notice that there was another review I actually agreed with saying that WW2 was over a long time ago and maybe it was time to stop making movies about evil Germans.
PS. Love your icon!
Yes, no one on amazon can distinguish between "helpful" and "agrees with me". And the most helpful review I've read lately was a rave review of a poetry anthology, which quoted several poems approvingly, and the quotes were enough to tell me I would be most unlikely to enjoy the book.... doesn't always work as they intend.