According to Wikipedia. “Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.”
Recently, a good friend of mine received a pretty nasty review. It was lengthy and pointed. The reviewer was particular and definite. The effects? My friend may quit writing. My question therefore is this: can bad reviews be considered a form of bullying?
I know the reviewer in question didn’t threaten or use force, but doesn’t verbal abuse amount to intimidation and domination of another? The reviewer was not attacking the writer in this case, but rather, the characters, and so therefore, it was like an attack on the author’s children. I mean, aren’t your characters your boon companions while you write the book?
Suppose that the reviewer had gone “there” and verbally attacked the writer-their ability to write, their style-voice, etc.
Now whatcha think? Is this bullying?