I ordered a book some years ago that dealt with medical procedures and equipment during the American War Between the States. I was appalled when I received it.
It was well written and there were some great illustrations and diagrams in it. The thing that irritated me was the choice of font the publisher used. In an attempt to make it look hand-written, they used a semi-cursive style and put it in a light-brown color. The result was that it looked like this:
To read something such as this, you have to be in a well-lit room and your eyesight better border on excellent. [This para comes out perfectly in Word and I’m hoping it will carry through in gather so you get the full impact of what I was reading.]
I reviewed the book on three different sites explaining that the concept, writing, and illustrations were great but that the choice of font sucked. I wrote the publisher telling her that she should replace her entire editorial staff for allowing such a piece of trash to be released.
Many of you have written book reviews before and have your own review style. Some reviewers look for the bad points; some look for the good stuff; and some don’t consciously look for either good or bad.
This Week’s Challenge:
Use prose or poetry to review a book that you don’t like for some reason. Write good (or at least lukewarm) statements about everything except ONE component, which you’re going to pan. It can be the plot, the character development, the writing, the illustrations/pictures, the font, or even the cover design. Use a real book or make one up.
The plot was great; the character development was great; but the names of the characters were completely out of place. Why? Dunno, it’s your review -- you come up with a reason.
You’re wandering through a bookstore and see a book cover that is -- wow, it’s just the worst thing you’ve ever seen. You pick up the book, flip through it, and find that it’s actually well written. You can’t help yourself... you buy the book, read it, and find that it’s great. The problem is the cover, you just can’t get past how bad the cover is.
Write a review of a book that has no plot. Conversely, review a book that has too many plots.
Review your own book and point out that ONE area you think you can improve.
Watch Out For:
You’re writing a book review so do it professionally. Talk about the good things as well as that ONE bad thing in the book.
Not a lot of responses this week but what we received were great. Check them out.
SWE- Saturday Writing Essentials Challenge 8/10/2013 "Choices" by Heather - child of God, C.
(SatWE) Letter of Complaint by Patrick M.
I Found Comedy On TV - SATWE - Gather Writing Essentials by Elsie Duggan
Responses to Previous Challenges:
Satwe Challenge/ Prose to Poem / Can't Walk by Sharon P.
I Blinked - SATWE, Saturday Writing Essentials by Elsie Duggan
Weekly reminder:Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Use prose or poetry to review a book that you don’t like for some reason. Write good (or at least lukewarm) statements about everything except ONE component, which you’re going to pan. It can be the plot, the character development, the writing, the illustrations/pictures, the font, or even the cover design. Use a real book or make one up.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.