Saturday, November 12, 2011
What I Learned from Reading Amazon Reviews.
Sometimes when I am considering whether or not to read a book (usually one I have already bought or taken out from the library) I will go to Amazon to see what people think about that book. I usually drift around a bit (terrific site for wasting time) and find reviews of books I have already read.
Some reviews are helpful in making a choice of what to read.
But many reviews show a complete misunderstanding of the book they are reviewing. Books like Lolita will have reviews commenting that this book is about a nasty pedophile and I recommend you give it a pass.
Or a review of book about an obvious misogynist will say this man hates women.
A book poking fun of someone who can't adjust to life abroad will draw the comment, this guy should have stayed home.
Apparently a lot of people don't see irony or satire or even an attempt to point up societal flaws in what they read. They read each book as if it was written by the same writer and should be held to the same standards. They choose a book using these wrong standards and then hold the book accountable for their mistake in choosing it or their inability to understand it.
Amazon has brought about the democratization of book reviewing, but is that a good thing. Are you always sure that your perception of a book is correct. I'm not. I have only ever posted one bad review on amazon and that was out of pique that an ordinary book was getting so much hype. How about you?