Let’s Talk! (Week #20 – 3/15/13)

We’re up to week 20 of Let’s Talk! It’s sparked some very interesting and lively conversations and given us all something to think about. That’s always a good thing. Here’s what Smash and Kt have to tell us about the weekly meme.

Originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans, Smash & Kt took her original inspiration, and made it their own, expanding it to more than just books. Let’s get personal (but respectfully so) and learn more about one another!  Each week, a different question will be posted along with a place to link up your posts and visit other people’s responses. This meme is definitely meant to bring out conversation and meet new people. So, Let’s Talk!

And here’s Today’s Question:

Do you rate a book differently based on the genre? Are there certain genres that you hold at a higher standard? Are there books that will gain an automatic “pass” or overlook of issues just because you love the genre/ type of world? If you don’t rate books, you can answer the questions based on your review criteria.

Wow… talk about a question that makes me think…. Honestly, until I saw this week’s question I didn’t think I played ‘favorites’ and then I started to think…. hmmmm….

Even though I’m an eclectic reader, I have my favorite genres. If we are totally honest, I think we all do. If it’s well written and I can get lost in the either the characters, the plot or the world that the author creates, it’s a read that I will enjoy. Now that I think about it though, I’m probably a little bit more critical of books that don’t fall into my favorite genres. Why? I think it’s because the authors of those books have to do something exceptional to grab me. One of those genres is YA Contemporary. I tend to stay away from them – but when I do read one I expect it to be exceptional. That could be why I’m so picky when I read them and why the few YA Contemporary reads that I have reviewed have received high ratings from me.

On the other hand, I read so many PNR books (my obvious favorite genre) that it has to be exceptional to gain a 5 star review from me. I can easily tell when things work and when they don’t.  When characters are just put into convenient situations to force a match and when things don’t flow the way they should. Be it YA or Adult, I have read so many of them that I don’t just automatically give books that rating unless I feel like they deserve it.

So I guess my answer is no. I don’t play favorites. I had to think about it really hard though. If anything, I think I may be harder on my favorite genre than I am on the others. Why? Mainly because books in other genres have to give me a really good reason to give them a chance in the first place. I read the synopsis well, I see who in my trusted crew of bloggers has read them a little of what they are saying about them and I pick from trusted authors. It may not be fair, but I’d rather be picky than to either not leave a review or give an author an undeserved bad review just because I should never have picked it up to begin with. Hey, at least I’m honest 😉

So what about you? Does a book’s genre pre-determine how you rate it? Join this week’s discussion and Let’s Talk!

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4 comments on “Let’s Talk! (Week #20 – 3/15/13)

    • Exactly! I just expect more from them I guess because there are so many good ones – the great ones just have to be a step above the rest. I will admit that the longer I review, the pickier I get. I used to give out a lot more 5 star reviews than I do now.

  1. Oddly enough, I am a little more lenient on the books from genres I don’t normally like. AKA—if a YA book only has a little angst instead of full-blown I want to ring a teenagers neck angst–it starts at a 3.5. If it doesn’t have a triangle..it gets a 4. I have to support good behavior (I also have to admit I am quicker to DNF YA so I figure if I get through it and those elements align it deserves it).

    I don’t rate the rest differently–if I like the genre then I rate them pretty much against themselves. Now I do rate authors against themselves—like I can LOVE a series but give a book only a 3 if it wasn’t up to par with the rest of the series. Yet if someone asks I will say the whole series rocks.

    So—everyone should ignore my ratings LOL

    • LOL! Yep, you were right 😉

      I probably am not as hard on the genres I don’t like for the same reason. Although, if they get a 5 from me you know they were exceptional. (Ten Tiny Breaths falls into that category.)

      A series I LOVE has to screw up big time for me to not recommend even the books that fall a little short. I’m a pretty patient reader though, so even books that a lot of people think are weak in a series I still love. (The BDB is a perfect example – there hasn’t been one yet that I wouldn’t read again… and again… and again…. *sigh*)

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