Wednesday, 2 October 2013

DISCUSSION: Should I review this?

The other day I was scrolling through my list of scheduled posts. I found that I had about 3 discussions, 2 interviews and 8 giveaways scheduled, so I thought 'I need to get a review in there somewhere'. Because I am a book review blog, and that's what I'm here for.

But I haven't read anything in the last two weeks except The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and I've already reviewed the first one. Then I had a think. 'What book have I read before, but not reviewed?'

My answer? Harry Potter. 'But it's such a well-known book. I can't write my usual stuff, like 'oh she's a brilliant writer'...because everyone knows that already.'

And then I had a loooong think (I know, that day I was thinking a LOT...) and ended up asking myself a question.

Is it worth it to review the majorly hyped and well known books? 

I don't know the answer to that so, what do you guys think?

I still don't know whether to write that review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone...


                                                                      

18 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about this issue too. When I started my blog, I even created a feature called Re-read reviews, but most of these would be hyped books like those from Harry Potter. The feature has been "coming soon" since the start.
    -Maria

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  2. I think you should definitely go for it! I mean, the thing with a book like Harry Potter is that it's already so well established and many people have the same or similar thoughts on it. But I think that you should still review a hyped/well-known book because you never know if you have a different opinion than other people. For me, a good example would be Every Day by David Levithan. When it came out, EVERYONE was talking about it. It intrigued me, and I desperately wanted to read it. I only just recently read it. And I just couldn't finish it or get through it. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that not everyone likes hyped up/popular books. And many times, you would probably have very valid reasons for giving the book a lower/higher average rating. It's usually something other might not have seen right away. Or in the case of Harry Potter, life circumstances and growing up with the books+with Harry, shaped the reader's opinion differently than it would for teens only just reading it now. I don't know if this even makes sense, sorry.

    ~<a href="http://www.reviewsabound.blogspot.com>Jessica@ReviewsAbound</a>

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Jessica! I understand what you mean. I might give it a go.

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  3. I thought about this question too when I was reviewing The Hunger Games. I think a new review about Harry Potter will offer a new perspective now that some years have past and there's no longer hype about the book. You can also reflect on what you felt for Harry Potter in the past and what you think of the book now.

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    1. Me too, actually! My review of THG really didn't do it justice but oh well. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. That's actually a question that's been bothering me since I first began blogging. IMHO, regardless of whether or not a book is popular, in the end it's still your opinion. Your views on a book are uniquely yours, and probably no one else will have the same exact way of viewing that book. Hey, you never know, you might have a point that was never brought up before about the book. Plus, a lot of times I find that book bloggers leave more thorough comments on books they've read. (You'd probably spark up lots of discussion if you reviewed HP). So, I really do think it's important to review the more well-known books. Hope this helps! :d

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  5. I remember going through this about two months after I started blogging. I had absolutely nothing to review. But I think you should definitely review the Harry Potter books. I actually haven't seen any reviews for the Harry Potter series and I would love to see what you thought of it! :) I haven't even read even one of them yet! :P

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    1. It's not that I don't have books that need reviewing, it's that I haven't finished reading any yet so I'm kind of in a slump. You should definitely read Harry Potter!

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  6. It's funny, I'm the opposite really! I don't tend to schedule posts unless I'm away, but in my drafts I've got a heap of reviews, one discussion post and one meme! I hope my readers like reviews!

    I think you should definitely review Harry Potter. I, for one, would like to hear what you think of it!

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  7. I think it would be great if you write reviews about hyped up books (but then again this is coming from an extreme Potterhead). I think if you can say what you think lived up to the expectations and what disappointed you it might reflect to others about buying and reading popular books.

    I'd love to see you review Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - also it would fit in with the Halloween theme.

    Holly x

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    1. I'd love to review it for Halloween Week but I've filled up the available slots :( Might review it in the future though! x

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  8. I think it depends on the circumstances. If it's a review just like any other book review you'd write, then I'd say no. I might be wrong, but I book like Harry Potter has gotten to the point where people aren't going to be that interested in 'normal' reviews for it. But, there are other things you could do. You could just write a pure "reactions" post where you use images to show how you reacted to certain parts of the book. In a sense, that's still kind of a review, but it's a different way of presenting the information. Or you could create some kind of feature specifically for people who still haven't read Harry Potter.. etc.

    Of course you can end up doing whatever you want! If you do want to just post a normal review of it, that's totally up to you! it's your blog and you can do whatever you like with it.

    It's just that if it were me, I'd try to do something a bit different for a book that's this popular! I just personally think that Harry Potter is kind of past the point of legitimate 'reviews'. I don't even know if that makes sense except in my head lol. I don't really know how to explain it though!

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    1. You are completely right. Thank you for the suggestions! I think I knew deep down that a normal review for such a hyped book wouldn't really work, but I didn't know of any other ways to do it. Thanks for commenting, you were really helpful. :)

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  9. When this has happened for me instead of a straightforward review, I wrote a more general post about the book or the series and focused on that. Don't be afraid to write other types of posts about books!

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  10. Maybe, maybe not. I think it really comes down to your own gut instintics!

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