A Friendly Reminder . . . .

April 10, 2011

I know I don’t do this nearly enough, or well at all, but I thought I would share an opinion to my fellow book worms and review writers ( even if the reviews never leave the realms of you mind). So I’m currently reading this book called The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. For a quick summery, it’s basically a darker view on the classic Alice in Wonderland and Looking Glass books. Having only read the first five chapters, I was curious about how this book would turn out, in terms of it being worth finishing. So then I went to Goodreads.com  and looked at a few reviews on the bottom of the book’s page. However, I was incredibly disappointed at the reviews. At the start, I knew that the reviews weren’t written by professionals, but they still led me to the need to rant about them. What really irritated me was the fact that you could tell that none of them really thought about the characters themselves, other than that they weren’t like Lewis Carroll’s. Most of the reviews were incredibly cruel and trashed the book completely. One of the things that I noticed nearly every one of these reviews had in common was that Beddor’s book was being brutally compared to Carroll’s original books. Another thing, was that no one really seemed to put into account was that the story was being told from a child’s point of view who was clearly known for being mischievous and unruly. A lot of the reviews commented on how some of the reasoning and dialogue were “stupid” and “immature”. Well, yeah it’s going to be like that, the main character is like an eight year old. Overall, the reviews didn’t help at all in deciding to finish the book or not.

Having said all of this, I know that I don’t a right to tell someone that their view on a book is wrong, but I do have the right to express how incredibly ignorant they may be. So just fair warning to all of you public review writers, the next time you write a review, especially a negative review, put a few things in mind. One, think about who’s perspective the story is being told from and think about the character itself. Two, remember that obviously there is a reason why the book was published, so then include the things you liked and didn’t like about the book. Three, contain yourself. It isn’t necessary to “kill” the book. Someone worked hard to write it and you should respect that. In conclusion, please just think before you write.




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