Just hours after that blog I got a two star review. His problem was the hero doesn't get answers from the "mentor" characters when he asks them things. The protagonist seems to follow them blindly and they treat him bad. (that's it in a nut shell) I have mentioned this issue before (the hero isn't really weak at all, its the first book in a series. The protagonist is just a newbie, like a freshman in high school!) His review followed along with another review, which I got before, almost to a T, meaning that I wonder if the other ludicrous review inspired him? How many of us go to the 1 and 2 star reviews before the 4 and 5 reviews? I know I do, although I still form my own opinion.
Criticism does not bother me. If a couple of people want to think the character is weak so be it. He gets a lot stronger willed in the second book anyway as he matures. That is not my issue.
It's the fixating on such a minor part (and point) of the story that really confounds me. As I have said before, it's like judging how luxurious a luxury car is by the brand of car wax used on it. It is so minor that I can go into the novel and add a few lines here and there, a paragraph at most and fix the whole issue! Just like I can buy a different brand of car wax. The question is SHOULD I?
I never said the book was perfect as it is, nor am I closed to improving the story, but if I start tinkering with it now when will it end? Making the protagonist a little stronger will not hurt anything in the storyline, in fact, it will actually help it, but the book is already out there. If I go and change this minor point, it will look as if the reviews are influencing me and if I don't I could potentially lose sales. I do value fan opinion but I can't allow them to dictate my own story to me. BUT, on the other hand, if several people keep pointing out the same issue, no matter how minor, and it's this easy to solve, I am super, super tempted to just do it. Especially when other potential readers (and buyers) are potentially being influenced by this minor point and pass on buying the book.
Hmm, I guess I will have to give a 2nd edition more thought. I am sure others grapple with this as well. Otherwise, why would there be 2nd editions?