A note on reviews…
When I was a sophomore in college, I had an opening for a general elective. I could take absolutely anything I wanted and I opted for a Literature course. Obviously, the reasoning behind my decision was that I love to read and talk about books.
I realized that I had made a horrible mistake about a month into the course. Every paper I wrote and blue book test I took came back red, red, red and never with a grade higher than a “C.” I couldn’t get my mind around it. I aced every English and Lit class in high school and received perfect scores on every book report I ever wrote. At this point in my academic career, I had a fairly lucrative side business of writing other students’ papers for a small fee. Point being, I knew what I was doing. Or so I thought.
After one particularly baffling class, in which my classmates were discussing allusions and symbolism that had me believing we had read completely different stories, I hung back to discuss my concerns with the professor. It was solved as easy as this:
Him: “Why did you take this course? What’s your major?”
Me: “Public Relations… I like to read.”
Him: “Well, why didn’t you tell me in the beginning you weren’t an English major!? I’m grading you way too harshly if you’re taking this class for fun.”
Talk about a blow to the ego.
Anyway, I recounted that story in support of my review “style.” Obviously, I’m not nearly sophisticated enough to pick up on why the curtains are blue. I read because I love to and I share because I want other people to love it, too.
The way I see it, you landed on my review for one of two reasons:
- You’re considering a book and are looking for a push in either direction.
- You already read the book and want to see if anyone else holds your opinions.
More often than not, I think it’s the latter, considering my most popular post ever is “Reactions to Allegiant.” People were pissed and wanted to see who else was and why.
So, my reviews will go something like this.
- DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS RIGHT NOW. Here’s why I loved it.
- Meh. I could take it or leave it.
- AVOID AT ALL COSTS. I hated it and here’s why.