Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How To Write a Pretty Damn Good Book Review

 Are you an avid book reader? Do you like recounting what you have read to others? Or perhaps you’d like to be a columnist or book blogger writing the most compelling reviews?
Writing reviews is something you may have to do as a copywriter, but today we’ll focus on book reviews.
Being able to write an intriguing review with honesty that will pique the interest of potential readers and have them run to the bookstore is a great skill. There are many new authors needing exposure for their work, so if you can get your book reviews right you will be onto a winner!
I would like to help you with some tips.

Please note that this guide is mainly geared at writing fiction book reviews.
1. Do not just tell the whole story
If you are going to convince a potential reader to pick up the book you are reviewing, then you definitely don’t want to divulge all its contents. By all means describe the plot in a few lines, but do so whilst maintaining some suspense!
2. Identify the genre 
Identifying a book’s category will quickly help to draw in the author’s correct fanbase. For example, if you mention in the beginning of the review that the book is a crime fiction, then that will automatically draw in the crime fiction lover. If you fail to identify the book’s genre, you may fail to draw anybody into the review, and ultimately fail to have them purchase the book. If you feel the book is so complex that it can’t be easily categorised, then say so. This will intrigue a lot of people!
3. Highlight the main themes
The themes of a book are the topics the storyline covers, and being able to identify these is a mark of a sophisticated reader – especially if you can differentiate main themes from underlying ones. For example, one could describe the main themes of Cinderella as child exploitation, magic and its limitations, and true love, whilst the underlying themes are parental death and the uncanny friendship (between Cinderella and her animal friends) . Sometimes the themes of a book are objective because what may stand out for one person, might not jump out at another.
4. Comment on a few of the characters
Write about one or more of some of the characters of the book – it can even be your favourite character –  and make remarks about how they contributed to the story. This can be through their actions, or something they said. This is important because someone reading the review will make a connection with one of those characters.
5. Include your favourite quotes
It’s important for your review to be littered with quotes from the book. This will bring it to life. Whatsmore it gives readers some insight into the fabric of the text, without giving everything away. Make sure the quotes you include are relevant and somehow relate to the text you write around it.  Put them in “quotation marks”, and to make some of them stand out, you can even embolden or italicise them.
6. Comment on the author’s writing style.
From whose point of view is the story being told? Is the narrative being told by one or two of the characters? How does this contribute to the story? Does the author make use of metaphorical language? Is he/she descriptive or emotive, or is the language pretty basic?When commenting on these elements, don’t just do so for the sake of it. Comment on its contribution to the story.
7. What is your favourite/ worst scene?
Have you ever picked up a book or watched a film, and was so excited to get to a scene that somebody else so brilliantly described? Highlighting  can do just that. Also, speaking about what you like or disliked the most will allow readers of your review to see how you interacted with the book. It is validation that you actually read and understood the text.
8. Do you know anything about the author?
You may have some information about the author’s background, or what motivated them to write. You may even know what, or who inspired some of the characters. Sharing some of this information may help readers form an emotional connection with the book you are writing about. If you can do this, then that is brilliant! But make sure you fact check what you write.
9. Rate the book
You can give the book a rating as a conclusion to your review.
10. If you really want to help the author…
Leave a link to the online store, or leave a list of shops which sell the novel.
Did you find this guide helpful? Let me know!


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