I’ve gotten a couple questions about my book review style. I think this would be a good time to clarify the method to my madness.
As anyone who has read one of my reviews will notice, they differ from what one might find on other blogs or in reader-based reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in two major ways:
- No detailed synopsis
- No character names
I am writing reviews the way I’d like to read them. I usually read several reviews before deciding to purchase a book, and I’ve found that most of them include a synopsis. This can get frustrating rather quickly since most of the time it’s just a regurgitation of the book’s blurb with a little more detail. Being forced to wade through every reviewer’s rehash of this blurb can get tiresome pretty fast.
As for character names, I have read many reviews in the past that quickly confused me and forced me to reread entire paragraphs due to the use of character names. After reading a book, the character names and who is who in the story are second nature. We understand where all the people and pieces fit in our minds. However, before reading a story, character names can be so much gibberish to the outsider and remembering who is who can be frustrating within a long review. I prefer to use “main character” whenever possible since this simplifies comprehension for most readers.
Leave a comment whether you agree or disagree with my reviewing philosophy. I’ve love to hear your feedback. 🙂