Multicolored with varying textures, that’s how I view people’s opinion on books.
Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging and the community.
This topic came up when I was talking about SpongeBob with my sister. (I know, we have very intellectual conversation. Einstein should be jealous.) We loved that cartoon, yes, that’s past tense because somehow the new episodes lack the clever humor of the old ones. Moving on, I was telling her my favorite episodes and I told her my ultimate favorite is The Paper. For Squidward that piece of paper was just garbage but for SpongeBob it was a gold mine of entertainment—at least in the right hands. At the end of the episode Squidward gave everything he owns to have the piece of paper back that he once considered garbage.
Screencap from the episode: The Paper. Image © sbmania.net
Squidward: What’s the big deal? It’s only garbage?
SpongeBob: Garbage? But, Squidward, in the right hands, this paper is a gold mine of entertainment. A spectacular afternoon of underwater fun. A treasure trove of…
So what’s the moral of this little story and what does it have to do with my topic today? Well, it’s about our perception of the books we read. I think we can all agree that not everyone will like the same book. Maybe there’s going to be a popular opinion about it but no book (at least I’m aware of) would be loved by everybody. Reviews represent our opinion, our feelings of the books we read so how we perceive it is varied. Sometimes I liked the book that others hated. And there are instances that I hated the book that other people loved. But as a reviewer, I don’t read books hoping that I wouldn’t enjoy it (that’s sort of defeat the purpose of reading). I always look at it positively (even with lower expectations). But there are just times that it doesn’t work for me.
I, for one, don’t write reviews very negatively. I have one-star reviews here at my blog and even if you read it, I still said something positive about it. But sometimes having the unpopular opinion gives the impression that you have other intention. Personally, I don’t. I just didn’t like it. Simple. But I don’t bash it. That’s not my style. I pretty much think bloggers don’t have that objective in mind, too. Everyone has opinion on something and not everyone will agree; but the fact remains that it is just an opinion. But respect begets respect. So I make sure that my reviews still respectful to all people involved.
And so when in doubt, just remember what SpongeBob said:
“But, Squidward, in the right hands, this paper is a gold mine of entertainment.
Just like the paper in the episode, the book could be accepted by the reader in many ways; and remember, there’s always a person that will consider the book a gold mine of entertainment even if the others don’t. And that’s what matters to me.