On the Moral Status of Snarky Reviews

Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark

Note: I apologize in advance for the length and general analocity (analness?) of this post. If it helps, please know that the published version is about 1/87th the length of the draft. (The analness, I’m sorry to say, is pure me and not expungeable.)

I’m working on a blog page, “Jessica’s Personal Rules for Reviewing”, while at the same time listening to the audio version of Karen Marie Moning’s Beyond the Highland Mist (you can read the finished snarky product here.)

Perhaps if you have read this book, you will know why I am suddenly interested in the question of whether “snark” is ok in a review.  And, as usual, I start with the question of “what is snark”?


Published in: on September 9, 2008 at 3:33 am  Comments (14)  
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Some romance review sites I can’t figure out

I have a list of bookmarks for romance review sites in which I trust, and I’ve put most of those on my sidebar. You’ll get very different reviews from Smart Bitches than from All About Romance –even when they are giving the same book the same grade. That’s part of the fun. But one thing they all do have in common is the ability to dislike a book, to judge it “not good”, and to explain why. No one can do that with more panache than Mrs. Giggles, whose review of Megan’s Mark set the bar for dead on parody of romance novels, but all of the sites on the side bar can do it, and do it well.

But I’ve noticed that there are some review sites which have never met a book they didn’t love. Everyone knows this about Harriet Klausner at Genre Go Round. (My personal journey where HK is concerned went from surprise, to wonder, to concern, to outrage, to amusement. Reading Meljean Brook try to explain, in so many words, that no one who had bothered to read even the freaking book jacket could get Demon Night so wrong wins the award for best exercise in author tact.) But have you ever read a bad review at SensualRomance Reviews? Or Romance Reviews Today? Or Romance Junkies? Or lower than a (very rarely bestowed) C+ at Simply Romance Reviews? Or lower than a 4 at Just Erotic Romance Reviews? Are Phallus From Dallas and I’m A Viking and I Protest really 5 star reads? Really?


Published in: on August 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment