Hello guys !
I know what you’re probably thinking, “What kind of non-sens are you bringing us again, this week, Fadwa?” or “What does that title even MEAN?”. My answers to those questions are respectively; Wait and see. And I DON’T KNOW, I’m winging it, okay? This is just a lame attempt to make my title fancy. What I mean to discuss today is the reason behind the fact that reviews are the kinds of post that get the least amount of views/likes/interaction in general and that’s really weird to me because most of us bookbloggers joined the community to write them reviews, to share our opinions about the books we love, and the ones we despise. So how is it that these posts don’t get as much love as, let’s say, tags and memes?
We can all agree, before diving into serious matters, that reviews are awesome, right? They just tell you so much about 1/ The book itself, a general feeling and whether it sounds like something you’d like or not, ans 2/ The person behind the review, their personality -yes, I totally believe that a person’s personality sips through reviews, just LOOK AT MINE FOR GOD’S SAKE. They’re hilarious and I’m hilarious. They’re rambly and I’m rambly. They sometimes don’t make sense and I don’t make sense most of the time. Even to myself.-, how articulate they are, how comfortable with words they are, if they’re actually POLITE or not -A review can either make me want to talk to that person forever or make me run like buzz lightening the opposite way.
Anyway, this is just to say that if we actually give reviews a chance they have a lot more pros than cons and we can get a lot from reading them but that being said I know that theoretically most of us already KNOW these things but we still cannot bring ourselves to just sift through them. This is a topic that I know has been tackled and recycled again and again, which is absolutely normal since this is a question that we all ask ourselves but one more time wouldn’t hurt, right? I hope.
Here I’ll try to gather as many reasons as I can think of from the top of my head as to why reviews are not as popular as other posts. Told you I’m winging it so let’s see where this leads us. I might add that these are all objective and don’t necessarily apply to me. My perspective on the matter will be in the last section.
1. Out of shear laziness
I know it. You know it. The neighbor’s dog knows it. So don’t be shaking your head at your screen like that. Especially at the end of the day, when you’ve been at school/work and you come home exhausted. I’d much rather use that valuable time reading a book or a discussion post -I really cannot turn my back on those for the life of me, no matter how tired or busy I am. I. MUST. READ.
2. You’ve read one too many reviews of the book
You know what I’m talking about. When an EXTREMELY anticipated book or a sequel of a VERY popular series comes out everyone’s on that, everyone’s reading and reviewing that so naturally at first you share the excitement and are reading MANY MANY reviews of the book because you just need somewhere to pour your feelings out. But comes a certain point when you’re just NOPE. It just all blends together and starts looking and feeling the same, even when the reviews cannot be anymore different, you just can’t do it anymore.
3. You’ve never heard of the book
This can either make you click the review or scroll down unphased. And since we’r being honest here, 90% of the time it’s the latter unless the books just keeps popping up. It’s just that you have A LOT of books to read so if the cover and/or title doesn’t speak to you then you’re not going to go out of your way to read that review. It’s a fact, my friend. FYI, I get most my recommendations from list-type posts rather than reviews.
4- The review is way too long or way too short
If the review is less than 300 words or more than than 1000/1200 words then it’s less likely to attract readers. Short reviews are generally not taken seriously, you might not like what I’m saying here, it might be harsh but I’m just saying what I’ve noticed around the blogosphere. And on the other end of the Spectrum, we have really long reviews that feel too daunting and intimidating to be read, just too much time commitment. “I DON’T NEED THAT KIND OF PRESSURE IN MY LIFE” you hear the reader say as they run away from you, chasing them with a review-essay.
5- You’re afraid of spoilers
Here again it’s a book you’re really excited about and want to read ASAP but for some reason you still haven’t gotten around to getting your hands on it yet and as much as you want to see what people think of it you’re very scared that you’ll stumble upon a major spoiler, fall on your face and never want to get up again because that goddamn review ruined you. So, that happened to you before and now that you’ve managed to pull yourself together again you’re traumatized and never want to experience that so you steer clear of reviews.
6- Reviews are simply not your thing
It is your opinion and it is totally respectable. Though, this one I don’t understand so I can’t really make a lot out of it.
I love reviews. I really do. But it depends on the day and on my mood. There are times when I go fishing for reviews reading random ones, one after the other without ever getting bored or tired of it. But most days, I’m exhausted, which means that I find it really hard to muster up the strength to read any sort of review, my brain just despises the fact that it will have to actually read, understand and analyze written words. So what I do when I find a review for a book that I’m really interested in but I just can’t read it in that moment is that I save it for later.
I’m a very big review enthusiast and I like reading and writing them (eventhough sometimes it’s hard and I want to pull my hair out) and I like to keep them readable size wise, which for me means between 700 and 1000 words and though I have a few where I just have way too many things to say and couldn’t keep it under 1000, it is very doable.
I know why you’re really here, you’re wondering which ones of the reasons apply to me and I’ll answer. Most of the time, it’s because I’ve heard too much of a book, or not enough. For me, it is rarely a size issue, when it is too short I can read it but I’ll rarely comment because I can’t find pertinent things to say and if it is too long I’ll still skim it and read the important parts and these are more likely to get me interacting.
That’s it until next time.
Why do you think reviews are not as loved? And what are your personal reasons for not reading them?
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