Monday, May 13, 2013
Monday Musings: Is Everyone A Critic?
But, this viewpoint has stayed with me for some time now and I find myself mulling it over quite often. Book Blogs have quickly become an essential marketing platform for authors without a doubt. And, I certainly feel that this particular author's opinion will only hurt her in the long run. Although I have an academic background in Literature, I certainly do not consider myself a critic. I simply read books that interest me personally and then proceed to share my opinions here on my blog and other book venues. Do I think my reviews make a difference? Yes, I think in some small way they do. I'd like to think that my reviews may assist someone with similar reading interests with his or her next book choice. And yet, as I have read through reviews on books that I have given high ratings, I often find low ratings from readers who seemed to have missed the deeper meaning presented in the novel. A recent example of this is the reviews for From The Kitchen Of Half Truths By Maria Goodin (click here for my full review). This book has already been translated into several languages, the author is a professional Psychologist and Counselor, and the book itself was amazing! She used a great deal of symbolism throughout and without a critical look at this symbolism, many readers simply "fluffed" it off as a cute, whimsical story and completely missed the significance of the plot itself. Which leaves me to wonder, are some book reviewers more qualified than others? And ultimately, how important are book blogs and previous reviews when choosing your next book?