Hello fellow book lovers!
Today is my second time participating in this weekly discussions meme hosted by J.R. @ Eternity Books!
This week’s topic is Should There Be A Standard For Book Reviews?
I’m quite interested to see what other people think of this week’s topic and therefore wanted to share my opinions, too!
I don’t think there’s a clear yes or not answer to this.
It’s definitely always good to include certain points. In my case, I always make sure I talk about the characters, the plot, (world-building if applicable), the ending and the writing. Not necessarily in that order, nor do I compulsively mention them in every review. However, I think it’s nice to have some guidance while writing a review.
Moreover, I have to say readers will expect certain points to be talked about in a review. Even if you are writing from your heart, if you don’t talk about what the readers care about, who will read it?
Of course, you shouldn’t restrict yourself. If there’s something else you want to talk about, go ahead. I do that, too. Sometimes the subject matter calls for it, or something else does. It’s definitely more fun to read a unique review, your opinions, not something based solely on a template. And more importantly, it’s more fun to write such a review, too.
So, in conclusion: Like I said, in my opinion, there’s no clear answer to this. In the end, everybody should write however they want to. I think you should base your review on what you would want to read. Include the basics (characters, plot, writing, etc.) but don’t confine yourself to that.
What do you think? Are there things you always make sure to mention in reviews? Or do you write whatever feels right? I’m interested to know!
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