11 August 2010 - 12:48 pm

Reviewing things

Reviews are something I’ve been meaning to get into for a while. I’ve done a couple, mostly out of a need to vent my irritation and/or random thoughts about the subject material (Kill Bill and True Blood (season one), for those playing at home).

I find that the more I write and the more I explore writing, the more critical of fiction I become. This isn’t just books (which, because of all the writing, I don’t have a lot of time or headspace for at the moment), but includes TV shows and movies. Plotting, character development, continuity – all those elements that transcend media and tend to ping my radar when I’m reading or watching something.

Quite often, it’s the fiction that is almost awesome that annoys me the most. I want to love it. I want it to be fantastic, but there’s something that niggles. Those are the ones I get the urge to write about. Picking apart those annoyances helps me work out more of what I like and don’t like, what I want to avoid in my own work and what I want to emulate.

I’m going to try to find more time to write reviews. At the moment, there’s a list building up of ones that I want to do, namely and in no particular order:

  • The Box (movie) – not at all what I expected, and more annoying the more I think about it.
  • Inception (movie) – awesome on first viewing, but suffers under close scrutiny.
  • White Tiger Kylie Chan (book) – one I like much more than I had expected to.
  • Remastering Jerna Ann Somerville (book) – not my usual thing, but enjoyable nonetheless.

I’m also currently watching through the first five seasons of House, and occasionally discussing elements of it with a critical and yet addicted friend. I might pull my thoughts about that into some kind of review-type-thing at some point.

It’s a plan. I wonder if I can fit any of it in around my current commitments. Don’t hold your breath, but watch this space anyway!

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  1. Thylonicus says:

    “Quite often, it’s the fiction that is almost awesome that annoys me the most.”

    Ha. Now you know why I’m so critical of House. 😉

    August 13th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

  2. Mel says:

    Heee. Yes!

    August 16th, 2010 at 8:07 pm