It has come to my attention (oh, no) that people are very passionate about what they like and what they dislike. And you know what else? The “likes” and “dislikes” can be majorly different. And this, my dear friends, is where book bashing comes in.
I’m opposed to book bashing. This is mainly because, as a writer, I wouldn’t want anyone to say mean things about my book. I wouldn’t even want a negative review. But you know what? Some people won’t like my writing. Others will.
Take this one book I’ve read, Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Patterson) for example. I looked up reviews on Shelfari, and someone gave it five stars, saying, “This book is excellent!” Another person gave it two stars: “This book is depressing!”
But what I’ve really noticed is, people like different things. I just read a blog post where someone said that they really hate that guys in YA are often portrayed as “sensitive” when the girls are “tough”, and it should really be the other way around. When I read a book, particularly one with a love triangle, I always root for the “nice guy” over the “bad boy”. I dislike the “dangerous bad boys” because they’re (often) violent and (sometimes) controlling, and (generally) not nice people, whereas the good boy (usually) has a sense of humour and (mostly) isn’t super-handsome or anything.
Katniss from The Hunger Games: some people say she’s whiny and annoying. I say she’s a driven character with realistic emotions that lets me relate to her.
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions…”Harper Lee, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Tolkien’s flowery prose gets great acclaim at being descriptively beautiful. It took me about two months to finish the Fellowship of the Rings, because, I hate to say it, but I was bored. If I hadn’t known what was going to happen from watching the movie, I wouldn’t have finished it, because I kept losing connection to the story — the plot, the characters, the quest in general. Some great thing happened in history. Oh, and now we’re staying with Tom Bombadil. Wait. Who?
Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson: (First off, his name makes me think of Batman, so he got points there.) I loved his Door Within trilogy, but Isle of Swords bored me, and I found the plot predictable, and the Moralistic Pirates… well, it didn’t work for me. It felt like Pirates of the Caribbean for Christians, with the favourite characters from the Door Within. So I read a bunch of reviews. Five stars! High seas adventure! Gripping plot! Amazing character!
Out of Sight, Out of Time, my favourite Ally Carter book in the Gallagher Girls set? I thought it was awesome. I saw a two-star review that said the book sucked. Sucked? No!! This book did not suck! But then, not in my opinion.
Because it’s all about opinions, really. That’s writing reviews. That’s why we talk about books on blogs. It’s subjective. What you might hate, I might love, and what I might love, you might hate. So maybe –myself included — when we post about books we dislike, we could try to review rather then rant.
Mime is drinking hot chocolate and reading The Ghost in Tokaido Inn, which looks to be interesting, to say the least. She has a flute exam on Saturday. She is trying to remember the notes in D flat major. (Who even writes in D flat major, anyway?!) She is also drawing devious things that look a bit like this.