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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Positive Reviews

I was participating in a discussion a while back with some other bloggers and readers about positive vs. negative reviews, and I was surprised to learn that the majority of them said that they don't trust bloggers who give only or mostly positive reviews. This doesn't sit well with me because I have a niche. I read books by authors that I already like and in genres that I like, so why should I constantly be reading books that I don't like. It doesn't add up. I suppose it might if I were more eclectic, but, as is, I give four or five zombie reviews to most of the books that I read because I only pick up a book if I think that it'll be decent, and I'm usually right.

What I don't understand is why me liking most of the books that I have decided to read is a problem. Am I supposed to read terrible books, or books in genres that I would normally avoid, just so that people will trust my reviews and not think that I'm trying to suck up to authors or sugar coat things? And the fact that I know some of these people IRL makes it even worse. Shouldn't they trust my reviews because they know me? I guess not.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you guys only trust blogs that give out a lot of two and three star ratings? If so, why?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Series Books

So, I've heard a lot of people bashing on series books recently. Why is it that everyone seems to think that a book that doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but still gets made into a series, was only given a sequel(s) for the money? Why can't a book just wrap up well at the end, but still merit a second novel?

I personally avoid standalones. I don't know why, and I haven't always been this way, but I just don't really enjoy books as much when I don't know that I'll be able to squee over book 2 and follow the characters through however many books the author/publisher chooses to release.

Maybe I like following the characters that I've already connected to, or maybe I like knowing that I'm going to love this book because I've loved the first three (usually). I'm not sure what it is. I just love series. Even though I wish the plural could be 'serieses' so that I could differentiate better. Or maybe 'seriesi.' Or just 'seri.'

So, dear readers, do you prefer series/serieses/seriesi/seri or standalones? Why? Which plural of 'series' is your favorite (one of mine, or something you've made up, doesn't matter)?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DISCUSSION: Uneducated Criticism of YA

Uneducated Criticism of YA



I don't know about you, but I am constantly asked why I don't read "better books," a.k.a., books with adult protagonists. My dad is constantly ragging on me for reading "kid books" instead of whatever he considers real. I get that word a lot: real. What makes a book this enigmatic, mysterious real? According to most of my family and some more vocal Barnes & Noble shoppers, the age of the protagonist is he defining factor.

Just a few weeks ago, I was browsing through the young adult section, looking for a few new releases I needed to pick up, when a middle-aged woman (looking very "important" and wearing one of those really sharp suits) walked up to me and said (BTW, not her exact words. I don't remember exact words from a conversation I had weeks ago.), "Aren't you a bit old for this section?" Mind you, I'm only 16. She then proceeded to explain that she was only there to buy a birthday gift for her 10-year-old daughter.

First off, WTF? What does she know about how old I am, or how old is "too old" for the YA section. There is no too old. If you enjoy a certain type of book, then you read it. That's that. There really isn't much to it. I don't understand why she felt the need to tell me that I was too old for YA, but I was quite offended.

So, for all of you readers, have you been criticized for your reading tastes? Why, and by whom? What was your response? I, personally, had no idea what to say to this woman. I just tell my family members to eat dirt and die when they say anything, but this was just some random stranger. What do you do in that situation? I just shrugged, gave her the evil eye, and walked away.