I’m sure this is a discussion we’ve had in the past. Still, how effective are reviews? I suppose like movie reviews, its all in the eye of the beholder. I was discussing this with a friend of mine yesterday. She was rattling off movie reviews and how some newspapers will pan a movie, while others give it four or five stars.
The same can be said about book reviews. What really resonates for one person, can be a total flop for another. You might notice that lately MagicalMusings have been doing book reviews on Sundays … although I see that none were posted yesterday. We have a rule here at MM that we won’t post a negative review. This isn’t to say that we all think only wonderful books (in our opinion) should be reviewed. We just don’t believe in dissing a book or an author. Who’s to say that what we dislike isn’t a total winner for another reader?
Again … its in the eye of the beholder. I’ve read books that were given four or five stars that I’ll just go “huh?”. Totally over-rated in my opinion. But — that’s my opinion. Evidently the person who reviewed it thought it was wonderful.
Same things with movies. I really don’t pay attention to newspaper reviews. Mostly because I rarely agree with them. I’ve heard bad reviews on the “Avengers” and I’ve heard good. Friends have seen “Snow White and the Huntsman” (I suspect I got the title wrong) and thought it was a pretty good story. Sorta lame with the romance side of it, but otherwise a good movie. The reviewers panned it. I have a feeling that I’d enjoy it … if only for the special effects. Same thing with the “Avengers” … but then, I’ve was an avid comic book reader when I was a kid, so that’s right up my alley. I’ll admit that I’ve been burned by ignoring a movie review … “Skyline” comes to mind. I should have known it was a clinker when I overheard someone leaving the previous showing saying “That was a total waste of two hours”. She was right. It was an awful movie. Live and learn.
Speaking of reviews. I owe Barbara Vey a couple of short reviews for books she’d given me. I really should get on ‘em. She gonna kill me.
What about you? Do you chose your books (or movies) by the reviews you’ve read? Or do you go with your tastes and instinct? Or are you in between? Read the reviews and then go with your gut? I’d be interested in knowing.