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Interlude (blog stunt idea)

I'm thinking it might be time to do something for a bit of fun when I kick back. I'm thinking I might do a critique of this year's Aurealis Award nominated stories. They out yet? I've pretty much no time for kids fiction, so I reckon I'll just stay with the three adult sections, but I'm thinking even this might provide something a bit interesting, assuming I can get copies of the stories sent to me. I'm not sure how that'll work, myself. At any rate, my vague idea is to have fifteen stories (or there abouts, I imagine), each with a critique--and not that opinion stuff that places like Tangent Online try to pass off as a review. No, I'm thinking something that uses scalpels and bone saws and anatomy charts.

Of course, blog suicide pacts with gadarene also sound good.

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benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
for you they might ;)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 3rd, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
Why can't people do what movie reviewers do and give a story a star rating?

One star can be recyling material...or perhaps toilet paper.
Five stars can be spiritual enlightenment and immortality.

I'm too lazy to think of the rest.

A passerby.

benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
Why can't people do what movie reviewers do and give a story a star rating?

well, i won't do it cause it's simplistic and boring. but others do.
angriest
Dec. 3rd, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
The problem with star-based reviews is that people have a tendency to skip the review and just check the number of stars, which boils a fairly complex criticism of a text down to one of six possible answers: zero to five stars.

People also have a tendency to skew one way or another - what is an average movie? Two stars or three? How good should something be to qualify for five stars?
(Anonymous)
Dec. 3rd, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
For me, I like something that’s quick and simple. I tend to skim read reviews because I just want to know the overall opinion. Usually, I have no intention of reading the actual book or story.

A star rating and a paragraph would suit me.

A passerby.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
well, that's fine, but a review and a critique in this situation are quite different. a review is almost a recommendation (or not) to see if something is worth purchasing, watching, reading, whatnot. which is i guess why the star system is used, though personally i've always found those ratings flawed.

a critique, on the other hand, is more detailed, an examination of how something works, it's place in the genre, the greater conversation it adds, the prose used to write it... those kinda things.
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benpeek
Dec. 4th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
nah. it'd just bore me.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 4th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Ah, I reread your first post and you did say critique. You're right that is different. I was thinking of reviews.

I agree that reviews are supposed to be recommendations but most fail to inspire me to read the actual book.

My theory is that they’re too similar, they’re like clones - ‘this is good’, ‘this is clever’, ‘this is well written’, ‘this didn’t work’, etc etc.

Maybe a dissection would be good. Keep it short though :)

A passerby.
benpeek
Dec. 4th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe a dissection would be good. Keep it short though :)

i'll make it hideously long and use academic jargon, just for you.
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