I was just scrolling through reviews on some novels and I noticed that despite the stories having the harem tag on them, reviewers would still rate novels low for being a harem. i might be getting confused for no reason, but that feels something along the lines of ordering a sandwich and complaining you hate bread so the sandwich is bad... it just puzzles me, if anyone has done this i would honestly like to know why? [Edit] I think people misunderstood my question, harem novels have their flaws and i am not defending them, i am just curious as to why people would use the fact that a novel is a harem novel as point of criticism, if the partner counterparts are poorly written then why not use that as the point of criticism instead? that was what i was confused by, most harem stories are trash, that much i do acknowledge. on a side note, what does "beta male" actually constitute? I've seen that thrown around a lot too but have never really understood what exactly it meant.