Do You Still Want A Review? A reviewer’s POV

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Author: I’m looking for reviews. Will you…

Reviewer: You don’t want my personal opinion. You say you do, you’ve convinced yourself that you do. Though, I KNOW not all of you do. You are too emotional. The Indie author world is too emotional. You will get angry or cry if it isn’t what YOU expected. You will tell your pals, smear my name because I gave you my…MY opinion. You know, the one you asked for.

You call it an attack…that my words are jealous filled hate. Then you will attack me for it return, you and your friends. All this, for doing exactly what you’ve asked me for. You still want a review?

Maybe you should think over it a little more. Because you know what…it’s my review and my opinion. You Authors say it should be constructive…that i should help you grow. (Smiling at this).

It’s not my job to help you grow, to hone your craft. Do movie reviewers set out to help Actors/Directors grow? What about gaming reviewers? No…but you Indie writers are different, right.

It’s my personal opinon. If YOU take it personally…then you may need to rethink your profession. Maybe, putting yourself/your work out there isn’t the best thing.

Do you still want a review

So You Want That Book?

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As an author I am curious to know the process readers go through when choosing their next book to read. What was it that had you deciding to read a particular book? What is your process? Of course I am interested in your process but first allow me to tell you mine.

If you aren’t interested in knowing my process I would say stop here… But if you’ve made it this far you may as well stick it out.

Seriously…stick it out. Obviously you have a minute or two to spare.

Most of the books I find are recommendations that the merchant site attaches to my previous reads. So the first thing I notice is the cover and title. The cover is what draws me in but if the title is a turn off, I will pass the book over. (I will elaborate on this point later). If the title is agreeable, I read the Blurb or book description.

This is the most important factor in securing my purchase. If the blurb is interesting, if it points out the plot without giving everything away, if I am curious as to how the author will present the story, then I am sold. Even if it is an old tale, a retelling, or a popular fad, I will consider buying this book. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years is that there are few original ideas in the world today. But there are different, fresh, and interesting ways of conveying/translating these ideas.

Side thought: sometimes I will read a blurb with errors. This has little to do with my decision for the most part.

Note: I am not saying that there are no original ideas.

If I am slightly interested, I go to the reviews. Now my view on reviews is not in any way normal. I have seen too many books with an impressive amount of 5 star ratings that once I read the Sample, I was so damn confused that I was almost angry. Almost. I get that this is the review of the reader and their review is their point of view. And no…I will not agree with everyone. I accept that. What I can’t take is the Mass Friendly Push Reviews.

Hey, we all have friends and family in our corner and they want to help. As an author I have mixed feelings about this. For other authors it’s your choice. But I try not to allow it? Do other authors allow it? Of course. Is it right? I don’t know. If my friends buy my book I accept this as supporting me. I suppose they can review it the way want. Do I ask them to refrain from leaving a review? Yes. Why, because I would like unbiased reviews based on my writing and story, not our relationship. Do they listen? Not all the time.

What irritates me is when I buy books based on these Fam/Friend reviews unknowingly and I read it and the plot is spotty, the characters are under developed, the POV isn’t clear, when it’s one character’s POV but I am in every other character’s head. If it isn’t a series and all minor plots haven’t been resolved. That is when I can pretty much tell that I have been a victim of MFPR support syndrome.

To get around this, I read all the low rated reviews first. Starting with the 1’s, I read what the reviewer didn’t like. If the review was vicious on a personal level, their opinion having nothing to do with structure of the book in whole, I overlook it and move to the next low review. If the reviewer points out annoyances that would totally irritate me, I may pass the book by. Whiny characters are a no go for me and if they provided examples I will pass the book by. In some cases, the worst reviews may have me buying the book. If something in the book was so horrible or the reviewer is determined to bash the book for whatever reason, I may buy the book to see if it caused the same reaction in me. (shrugging…I’m funny that way)

The sample is next. I have gotten to this point a million times and the sample was good but I still decided not to buy the book. It could be that the book seemed good but I didn’t feel drawn to the characters. Or the sample was good but not long enough to determine anything. Maybe it was that I had several samples to read and I want to see if another book/sample pulls me in more. With these books, my ehhhh books, it may take me seeing the book several times before I purchase it or delete the sample from my library. If the sample is intriguing and pulled me in, I buy the book.

The worst, is deciding to buy the book because all these points I’ve made were great but the book was a plot sore and or the characters were wickedly unlikeable. I view these books as the annoying relatives of my amazing reads. You know the ones, the ones you would never befriend if you weren’t related to them. You know, them…and no, I won’t judge you if you suddenly scream their names out for therapeutic necessity. Go ahead…admit it and own it.

This is my process.

Oh…the titles that repels me. DISCLAIMER: I mean no disrespect or to demean any authors that use these titles. I also would like to point out that I have never read any book with any of these titles but I have read tons of stories that use these plot devices. I love these plot devices; I just can’t bring myself to buy a book with these words in the titles.

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Billionaire! Any book with the word Billionaire in its title I immediately overlook. YES…I may be missing out. I love books that feature rich characters…I just don’t need that in the title. And let’s be honest, it’s been done to death.

Stepbrother! Again, I love this plot device. LOVE IT! But in the title…I just can’t. I can’t.

Now put them together and I cringe.

Bae…No. Just No.

Ghetto….Nope. Don’t need to read about it…nor do I want to experience it…much.

If you care to change my mind about my No Go book titles then make a suggestion.

Review of Jupiter Ascending

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This is my first written review for a film that I am sharing. I review tons of works and I love giving my damn opinion of just about everything with my friends. Now…the few of you that will care to read this will be privy to my, sometimes odd, opinion. I will not be giving the plot away or spoilers (cause yeah…I HATE when that is done, even when warned).

Jupiter Ascending was written and directed by the Wachowskis. See sites http://www.jupiterascending.com/

Jupiter, Mila Kunis, a young woman with dreams of a different life other than her own is targeted by an alien tyrant and his siblings. Her very survival is in the hands of a hybrid, ex-soldier, Caine played by Channing Tatum.

Jupiter Ascending is now playing but you wouldn’t think so. When I went to the theatre it was basically empty. So it may not win best movie of the year but I am here to say that I really enjoyed this movie. I have heard chatter, saying that it isn’t a good movie or to just “pass” on it but that wasn’t the case for me. I am a Science Fiction whore and I really love most of the Wachowskis films (except for Speed Racer) so I may be a bit biased here… Who cares…this is my opinion.

What I liked.

The film was beautifully made. The scenes were amazing. The action was AWESOME. Channing Tatum, was believable and likeable as this character. He played his role well. Though, it took a moment to get accustomed to the blond hair.

It took several minutes.

Mila was believable as a plain Jane, though who would have thought it. She did well as Jupiter. The storyline was different, new, and refreshing. The main plot was well-developed, original, and the actors were wisely chosen. I laughed a good number of times and was shocked on more than one occasion.

What I thought was off.

This isn’t a Romance film but it did try to offer the viewer a snippet. My issues with it (the romance) is that I never saw the connection. I did see the possibility or the romance potential but I didn’t see the longing looks, the slow down period when potential love blossoms, or the moment of inception. What I did see was two very attractive people who may have been attracted to one another. I didn’t see the interest, though I can accept it but as a romantic… I missed this but it wasn’t necessary.

I also felt that there were a lot of things that could have been made clearer for me after the film ended. I could have had more explanation of the world, the relationship, the science, and what happens next, but that only tells me that I was interested in knowing. I hope that when the Blu-ray comes out that the Wachowskis will have added some deleted scenes with the explanation of what I missed. As a fan of their work, I feel like they had MORE to offer but under whatever restraints, was unable to offer that MORE to me. Their previous works, The Matrix, Cloud Atlas, were epics so I WILL be in line to buy this movie when it is released.

Fans of Science Fiction should see this movie. The original plot is well worth a view.