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A Reader of Fictions: Five Criticisms You Won't Often See in My Reviews

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Five Criticisms You Won't Often See in My Reviews

In my time reviewing and reading the reviews of others, I've noticed just how unique an individual's lens for viewing fiction can be. There are certain things I basically never notice that are bemoaned by other readers, and particular qualities I harp on constantly that might not bother others. Today, I'm focusing on the former. All of these I have probably mentioned once or twice, but they're not criticisms I personally wield often. Please note, too, that I think these are all very valid and important viewpoints, just that my brain doesn't lend itself to them.

1. Showing versus Telling
Under ordinary circumstances, there's both showing and telling, and, honestly, I really don't notice how much of one or the other the author is employing. I see people comment on it, and, while I know what it means, I generally can't really apply it to my reading. This is a huge factor for Kara of Great Imaginations, and she'll mention too much showing for books I've loved, when I had no sense of some sort of imbalance. I don't know why this isn't a thing I pick up on, but it's just not. From what I recall, I have used this criticism precisely once, in my review of Ellen Oh's Prophecy. The fact that I did in Prophecy says a lot about the book.

2. Tears or Terror
Rarely do books actually make me cry. I might feel sad for them and even get shiny eyes, but actually tears happen two or three times a year. Nor do many books make me laugh out loud, even if I found them very funny. Even more rarely does a book scare me; horror movies turn me into a puddle of petrified goo, but books don't get to me at all. I'm not sure why, but no matter how engaged I am in a book, I still keep my reactions internalized most of the time. If a book does manage it, though, you can bet it will be getting a high rating, unless the emotion was rage.

3. Too Much or Too Little Dialogue
Recently, someone asked me what I thought the right proportion of dialogue to narrative is and I was utterly flummoxed. It never really occurred to me that there might be a right or wrong amount of dialogue. However, I have seen this from other people, and I'm sure they're making a valid point. Personally, I think I might be more likely to note info-dumping from the dialogue or that it feels unnatural, not how much of it there is.

4. Slut-Shaming
This one comes up a lot, but isn't something that I bandy around much. The term 'slut' is a really hot button issue for some readers, but I'm just not as bothered. Yes, I think slut-shaming is a terrible thing, but I haven't read too much where I felt like that was the overall message. I accept some uses of the term as natural, because this is how most people think, particularly in high school. Though I might not be proud of them now, I certainly had them. Actually, I think I'm more upset by the focus on purity in a lot of YA, most notably Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden Trilogy, than the fact that heroines still call promiscuous girls sluts sometimes. Basically, I think slut-shaming is awful, but it's not something I'm particularly sensitive to. If I notice it, though, I will call it out.

5. Hard to Picture the Setting
You guys, I am not a visual reader. I don't see everything in my head at all, so only if things are really confusing do I ever pull this one out. I'll read reviews that point out that the layout of a room doesn't make sense or contradicts itself, and I'm just so impressed with the attention to detail. Pretty much the only time I comment on the descriptive nature of a book is to praise how well it's done, so much so that even I have a strong image in my head of everything.

This one has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic. I just love it.

All of this is intended to show what I love about reading reviews. I can go to someone else's review of exactly the same book and, even if we have the same opinion on it, their review will raise points that I never noticed. Though there are thousands of reviews out there, we all bring our own unique brains to the table, and I think that's fantastic.



Blogger Kimberly @ Midnight Book Girl said...

I've never thought about the amount of dialogue before. Even thinking about it now I have no thoughts on how much is too much or too little.

I will only occasionally bring up the show vs tell complaint, and really the telling has to be blatantly obvious for me to notice.

As a reader I'm pretty easy, I just like to be entertained. Two things you will hardly ever hear me say:

"X book was just like Y book." I read a lot of chick lit and they are all essentially the same plot. Do I care? Nope. Ditto for all other genres. If you write good characters I don't care if I've read something similar a million times before.

"The science doesn't work out." I flipping hate science and I really don't care if it's actually plausible or not. Just give me enough details to make it sound good and I'm happy.

February 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!! There are seriously so many things that people pick out than I'm like uhrmmmm I don't even know how to know that. haha.

1. Showing vs. telling -- TOTALLY WITH YOU! I always see this in reviews and I'm like ummmm idk? That just made me feel so much better. I need to brush up and learn how to spot this haha.

2. Tears or terror -- oh I'm totally an emotional reader so this ALWAYS comes out in my reviews haha.


4. Slut shaming -- on OCCASION I will pick this out but not so often.

5. Hard to picture setting: this one varies for me. Sometimes I really do have a hard time picking it out and then sometimes it doesn't bother me at all. Or other people will say it about a certain book and I'm all like UGH I CAN PICTURE IT! lol

Also to what Kimberly above said about the science not working out. I NEVER PICK UP ON THAT EITHER!

I love this post so much! I have so many things like that! like "stilted dialogue" idk even know??

Please do more of these!

February 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think showing vs telling affects me that much either, because I guess I'm usually too blind to pick that out. And this is honestly the first time I've seen the proportion of dialogue vs narrative being mentioned. Maybe it's time to start paying attention to these things, hmm... But well, I've never really been much of a book critic.

PS. That gif is so painful to watch, esp when he gets whacked by the tv, gosh.


February 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm really curious about whether there are any books with too much showing. Yeah, blatantly obvious is the only way I notice it too.

I do the comparison thing, but only if the similarities impacted my ability to enjoy the book. Or sometimes I'll do some pop culture math to explain what a book was like, but that doesn't mean it's THE SAME.

Bahahaha, I don't know enough about science to make that criticism, though I will say I'm confused about the science. I DO that on time traveling though. This doesn't make sense, I'll flail!

February 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahahah, "I don't even know how to know that." Exactly!

1. For real, I get what it means, but I just don't see it almost ever. It has to be IN MY FACE for me to notice.

2. Truth. And I love that, because even if I don't act on it, I feel it inside.

I'll do more when I think of them!

February 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Whatever, you're a good book critic. We just all notice different things, which is cool. Some of these I don't think I CAN notice.

I get a sick glee out of that gif.

February 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, thanks, that means a lot. I know, most of the time if you have lovely prose and well developed characters, I'm sold.

I stared at it for a good whole minute.

February 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Same here. I'm much more focused on plot, character, etc.

February 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

OMG awesome post and such good things to be concerned about.
I hear you about the slut shaming and Tears. Awesome :)

February 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Christina Reads YA said...

Yes, everything. Even The Fault in Our Stars could not make me cry, though everyone guaranteed that it would. The purity in YA also bothers me - I would love to see a heroine who isn't afraid of her sexuality, who takes charge. Sometimes I mention slut-shamming because I know it bothers other reviewers, but I too don't tend to get bothered by it unless it's like a slap in the face. Then it's just questionable.

"All of this is intended to show what I love about reading reviews. I can go to someone else's review of exactly the same book and, even if we have the same opinion on it, there's will raise points that I never noticed. Though there are thousands of reviews out there, we all bring our own unique brains to the table, and I think that's fantastic."

^--- Yes x 10.
I love this post :)

February 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Audra said...

Great post -- what I enjoy so much about book blogging is learning about how others read -- the thing that are important to me and important/not important to others. Almost all of the things you listed are HUGE for me when I read a novel -- but that's not written in stone -- because sometimes I just connect and when I connect, I love...

February 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Steena said...

This was a super interesting post and I'm glad you laid it out there. As one who reads book blogs but doesn't write reviews, the weight certain facets of writing carries for certain reviewers has interested me.

It is also worth noting, that, as someone who writes, I am then majorly concerned about a lot of these, particularly point #1. I stress about this one all the time now. Glad to see there may be one person who reads my writing and isn't bothered by it.

February 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, TFIOS gave me shiny eyes, but I didn't cry. I really felt it, but it didn't make me runneth over.

Yes, I am so excited when I find a book where the heroine is allowed to have a strong sex drive, like in The Sky Is Everywhere! Most of the times I've mentioned it have been to say that I don't think it is slut-shaming, because I want to make sure people don't DNF early on.


February 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

See? Completely different than how I read things! So fascinating to me!

February 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Are you a teller, then? I'm pretty sure I've probably loved bunches of books with telling, but if it fits the story than I just don't notice.

February 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Lola said...

Great post :). I actually agree with you on most points. I have read plenty of reviews who mention showing and telling, but I hardly ever mention it unless it is really obvious. I hardly ever get really emotional when reading a book, but when I do I do mention it. I actually hardly notice if there is too much or less dialogue, I just read the book and decide if I like it, I don't think I have ever mentioned the amount of dialogue in my reviews.

On the other hand I do care about picturing the scene. Usually I label everything under world building and I love world building. I am a very visual reader and the more details the better for me. I know enough people who don't care that much about world building, but for me world building can really make or ruin a book.

Another thing I do mention in my reviews often is predictability, I love original books and I will always point it out when a book was really original or really predictable.

February 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I love world building too, but my sense of it is on more of a functional level than a visual one. I look into how much sense it makes, but I can't necessarily see what the elements look like.

Yup, I mention that too!

February 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great post and list! I love the gifs as well :) I see a few things that you might not, but I also agree on a couple. Dialogue depends on the situation, I think I'll notice it more if it's BORING dialogue. I don't really have too many emotions while reading, but lately I have more and more, so I might be crumbling :) I think while I'm reading it, I pay attention to the showing vs telling and the setting, but afterwards, I don't think I actually think about it. That might be a tad confusing, I realized :) Anyways, great post!

Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

February 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

There's so nothing wrong with having emotions while reading. I feel them, but not as strongly as others. Letting them out seems like a healthy thing.

February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Ugh, I hate the phrase "showing versus telling," especially since people use it to mean completely different things. I've worked as an editor for small pub. companies that claim anytime you use a "to be" verb, that's automatically telling and bad. So you can never say "the room was small;" you have to say "the walls closed in around me, and I barely had space to move." Imagine trying to rewrite an entire book like that, never able to use "Was" or "is." Yes, those verbs are often overused, but there's a reason so many stories start "Once upon a time, there was a..." Telling is just a natural part of storytelling. The truth is some of the best writers both show AND tell, and it really depends on the book, the writing style, etc.

February 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I agree that books need both, but they certainly should not be ALL telling. You need to get characterization across in both words and deeds. That's what I think of it as. I'm not a good person to talk to, though, since I rarely pick up on how the author is conveying things to me in this regard.

February 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Lilian said...

Showing and telling flashes on my radar frequently. I especially notice it when I am bored out of my mind with the book (then I try to hunt down the reasons why I am bored.) When I feel like I am being hit with a sledgehammer of stuff the author wants me to feel, but I clearly don't feel...that's when I know something is up. Usually it's lines that feel extra forced with overused, uncompelling metaphors like "I was so sad. My whole world was collapsing into shambles." blah blah blah.
It happened to me recently where the author wanted me to side with the main character who was facing a lawsuit against his mother. Logically, I was already on the main character's side and I started out sympathetic...but after 100 pages of him trying to tell me how depressed he was in 100 ways as if his whole life's purpose was to make people pity him--I started hating him. It was like he watched a bunch of sad movies and he was just re-enacting the to fit the role of depressed widow. I don't have much patience for moping around.

I don't cry often with books either. I am surprised two books managed to do so last year: Every Day and The Lost Girl. Nor to I laugh out loud often. I am a grouch like that. I am seldom scared of horror books (but I am scared of scary movies,) but they do make me feel emo after awhile. I recently read a true-crime book and that scared me. Because I was scared of getting nightmares, not because I thought a murderer would show up. *shudders* It didn't help that I was starting the book in bed, and there was a scene where the girl sees her dead grandpa smoking cigars on her bed...

Too much dialogue? REALLY? People say that? What about plays then?
That never bothered me. As long as the conversation sounds fluid, I'm fine. Though it gets annoying if I can't figure out who is speaking what.

Picturing settings is often difficult for me. Usually I just accept whatever I'm fed by the author. There is only one occasion where I felt there was a discrepancy in setting: in The Immortal Rules, the main character dove underwater and opened a door...but the water didn't go rushing into the building. I am forever puzzled.

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

February 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I'm glad I'm not the only unfeeling one. Usually one book a year makes me cry. If that. Last year it was Code Name Verity. (Even then I wasn't sobbing.) Also don't feel terror.

And love that cat/tv gif. Never seen that one. (My kids like it too.)

For some of these you have mentioned whether or not I notice it depends on the book and the craft of the writer.

February 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oooh, I bet you didn't like Shatter Me if you read it. From the quotes I've seen, it's exclusively written in those crazy metaphors.

Ew. If they go too far in trying to sell how crappy a character's life is, they ultimately lose the sympathy they were trying to instill, because they're whiny.

Ooh, true crime would probably be worse, but it's a genre I don't really read. I like to keep the scary things in fiction.

Well, I assume plays would have different standards. Oh, I have had that problem. Really long conversations without speech tags and I'm all "who just said they like WHOM? Should I be shocked, appalled, thrilled? Ahhhhh!"

Huh. That is weird. I only kind of remember that.

February 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Last year, Wonder and Me Before You were the ones that really got me.

I'm glad people like the gif. I was so excited when I found it.

February 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Bekka said...

Whoa we agree on a surprising number of these, with the exception of slut-shaming - probably because that has affected me personally so I'm pretty sensitive.

I very rarely cry while reading. I mean, it happens, especially with Harry Potter. Other books that got to me were The Sky is Everywhere, Looking for Alaska, TFiOS, and Graceling, believe it or not. Even fewer books have made me laugh out loud.

A lot of my reactions while reading are internal, even fear when reading horror. I also don't really have a problem if I can't visualize something, but I DO notice when I can do so clearly.

Also, I have literally never thought about dialog that way. Sure, I've had problems with silly or stilted dialog, but never too much of it. Hm.

February 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, I don't blame you for being more affected by slut-shaming. That hasn't been a huge issue in my life personally, so it doesn't get to me the same way it might have.

The last Harry Potter book made me weep, both because of the death and because it was over. Same thing with Mockingjay. They're not even my favorites in the series, but I was not ready. Oddly, I'm a much bigger Green fan, but he hasn't made me cry.

Yay! You're a twin on description!

It was an odd realization for me too.

February 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Bekka said...

Also, about show v tell, I never really call it that, but thinking about it now, I have complained. But what it comes down to is a disconnect between me and the characters. If the author is telling us how nice a character is on a normal day, but now, since the book has started, she's being a bitch - that's telling, not showing. And yeah, that bothers me sometimes.

February 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

True. I think I usually couch that in inconsistencies within the character. In that light, maybe I do that more often than I thought, though still not a lot.

February 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Steena said...

I think I tend to be more of a teller? I try to use dialogue to even that out, to show the characters just being themselves, rather than describing them. Every story requires a certain amount of plot exposition, character description, and just general "this is what's going on". But my concern is that I never want to tell a reader how to feel, I want to tell them how the character feels and hopefully they'll sympathize (or not, as the situation calls for).

February 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Renae @ Respiring Thoughts said...

"I can go to someone else's review of exactly the same book and, even if we have the same opinion on it, there's will raise points that I never noticed." <--- This is why I've started reading more reviews lately. Before I would only read reviews for books I've already read in fear of spoiling myself, but now I like to see everyone's opinion even before I've read the book and can form my own opinion.

February 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

There's nothing wrong with some telling, I don't think. My guess would be that some of the most beloved classics involve quite a bit of it, but, again, I don't have a great sense for it, so I could be wrong.

February 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Depending on my expectations for the book, I'll do some of that now too, unless it's at the very top of my pile. I'll forget most things anyway, and it can prepare me mentally so that I enjoy the book more when I do get there.

February 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I never cry during the books I'm supposed to cry for. But when I'm caught off-guard by a book that wasn't supposed to make me cry, I'm ugly crying my way into a true snot-fest. I also laugh out loud - often - which can garner quite a few stares from the people around me...but whatevs.

I'll comment on showing vs. telling when it was just too much - but it doesn't happen too often.

I have no clue what to say to the dialogue comment - there's a golden ratio??

I will point out slut-shaming when I'm feeling particularly sensitive on the subject - maybe I read a rather engaging piece about slut-shaming before picking up the book, for example.

But a setting I can't picture can be a deal-breaker. I need to be able to leave my head and enter their world without looking around, wondering what things must look like. I can be that person who notes that it was daytime when they left in the morning, and its now nighttime an hour later. Or that she "pulled on her red hoody" before leaving but is "taking off her jacket" upon return. I need consistency or I'm pulled out of the story.

Really great post Christina! That bit at the end got me all smiley :)

February 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Lilian said...

I haven't read Shatter Me, and I admit it's partly because of this quote:
"“I always wonder about raindrops.

I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.

I am a raindrop.

My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.”"

The imagery is beautiful. But..raindrops? tripping? Really??
I think I have to save Shatter Me for summer vacation, when I have a lot of patience for verbose prose.
So yes, you're right. Too many metaphors drive me up a wall.

"they ultimately lose the sympathy they were trying to instill, because they're whiny."
AGREED. What made it worse was that it was in first person. So the main character made himself into somehow who was trying way too hard to make you pity them. "OH PWEASE PITY MEEEE!!! I'M SO SAD! I'VE IGNORED ALL MY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO CARED ABOUT ME, AND I BROKE A FEW WALLS! PITY ME."
And me, being the rebel: "NO."

That true crime book I picked up because I saw it on a lot of best of the year lists. And I didn't know it was even non-fiction because I went in completely blind. It was a true crime book about this girl who ends up murdered. And the author chose to have pictures of her at the start of every section, and it would creep me out because I could only think, "this girl ended up dismemebered and buried in some cave." And so I couldn't stop myself to imagine what her dismembered body would look like... >__< Me and my imagination...

I remember it because I reread it at least three times trying to make sense of it because I didn't think any author would be able to overlook that kind of common sense (especially since she said her husband always proofreads her work for incongruities), so I wanted to check if it was just me misreading.

February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I've never paid much attention to showing vs telling in the books I read (although I've had to in my own writing). I am probably most likely to comment on slut shaming but overall I am most focused on how a book made me feel regardless of all the other stuff.

February 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Bibliosaurus Text said...

Totally number 2 for me! The only books I can really remember evoking tears were the third LOTR book and a few of the Harry Potters. That's a pretty high bar. When I read a review and the person says they were sobbing, I do an internal eye roll. I probably shouldn't, but whatever.

I don't laugh out loud or often get scared, either. I do laugh out loud while listening to podcasts on the train sometimes, and lemme tell ya, THAT'S embarrassing ;-)

February 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great post! I went and read your new review of Fever---and I have to agree. I quit the series soon after I learned how impossibly unnatural the entire plot is, and refused to review it at all. I think there are definitely both right and left wing views on sex (Uses for Boys vs. Wither, lmao), but the point is to find a healthy medium.

Anyway, great post!

February 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Definitely, and I think characterization is one of the places you should definitely do more showing than telling of. The problem with having had so many writing teachers and working as an editor so many places is, people seriously mean a gazillion different things by showing vs. telling. Some mean content, some just mean the number of "to be" verbs. And ironically enough, there seems to be a much higher allowance for "telling" in literary fic than popular fic.

February 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, reacting to your book will get you some odd looks. I remember when mom was reading the first Stephanie Plum book, she laughed so loud and so often my dad and I thought she'd gone off the rails.

No idea about the dialogue, though I'm fairly certain I've seen similar comments other places. I'm sure it varies book to book.

That's awesome that you can picture things so well. I generally can't. I remember DNFing one book though, because people were holding hands with the wrong hands for their position. Weird, but true.


February 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

The feels are very important.

February 7, 2013 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Tolkien's prose is a little too dense and classic to make me cry. HP5 and 7 got me though. Some people sob easily, which is pretty hilarious.

You must listen to some fun podcasts.

February 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

ahaha I totally tried to get all fancy once and used the "showing versus telling" argument in my review of one book and Kara was like "umm you totally used that wrong" so I don't get fancy anymore!

I would say that 25% of the books I read make me cry my eyes out. But I cry at commercials a lot. Ever since I had kids my emotions are just all over the place and I cry at the drop of a hat. Getting genuinely scared though, this hasn't happened for me yet. But I am on the hunt for it! I am a huge b-movie/hollywood horror movie fan and I am always trying to find a book that scared the shit out of me like some of the movies that I watch.

Slut-Shaming isn't something that bothers me, because I went to high school and I know that it is there. I won't fault an author for realism. But that is just my opinion, like you, I know that this is a hot button issue for others so I always avoid the arguments about it. I just don't get it.

I don't really picture settings in my head either! The only thing I will catch that's in relation to that is if the cover model doesn't match the description of the person in the book.

Loved this post!

February 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

You were smart to quit. I haven't read Uses for Boys, but I've heard it's scary.

February 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahahaha, that's hilarious. I love how Kara will tell you that's wrong but not correct my pronunciation of her name. Silly Kara.

Oh man. Usually when I cry it is at stupid shit like commercials. During a certain time of the month, I am easily moved. And I'm always like WTH self, THIS IS NOT MOVING. I do not understand WANTING to be scared.

Oh yeah, I know it's there too. I mean, it makes me mad if the book is perpetuating the idea that having sex is wrong (at least if you're a girl), but as long as that's not the thesis of the book, I'm not bothered.

I catch that too. It's always like "WHO ARE YOU?!?!?!"

February 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

I'm just here to say I am watching you two. AND I AM ON TO YOUR SHENANIGANS!!

February 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

*stares back challengingly*

February 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa said...

"Showing versus Telling??" O.o
I try not get all fancy-pansy while reviewing since I do NOT get all those fancy literary tricks.If I like a book,it's usually because of the strong characters,a well-written plot and simple stuff like that.
And as for picturing settings-sometimes it IS hard to do it especially for some Dystopian(my fave genre BTW) books-I do get the image that the author is trying to create usually.I have NOT come across a book where the setting doesn't make sense or something like that!

I DO cry though and LOL sometimes-maybe I'm a little more expressive than normal?

P.S.-That is one freaky gif!

February 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Everyone has their own style, and the point of this post is that you have to do it your way, you know? It's fine that I don't use these criticisms, because other bloggers will find this stuff.

Not sure. There are a lot of bloggers who have very emotional reactions to the books they read. I usually assume I'm the abnormal one.

February 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM  

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