Hello! It has been a while since my last Hey post and I thought why not post something about what I am thinking today, right? Well today is my eldest brother’s birthday, and if you’ve read my The Fault in Our Stars review, you’ll know that he has fought cancer and passed away. I had this sudden thought while remembering my brother, “Do you let personal experiences or your emotions affect the way you review/rate a book?”
Honestly in my case, I do because I feel that it is hard not to let personal experiences affect the way you see a book. Just like when I read TFIOS, I cried a lot, flooded my pillow, and hiccupped at the same time. Gosh, I felt so sick the morning after I read that book. TFIOS was the worst, but similar thing happened after I read Me Without You. I guess it will always be hard reading books that has sickness or death in it. Same thing happens whenever I watch movies with the same content. I guess I’ll never learn how to deal with loss, because the pain never goes away, you just learn how to manage it.
Not just in sad books, but books that have really romantic couples that makes me smile like crazy the whole day, just like in Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting or Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Those books makes me feel really lovey-dovey all day and makes my reviews full of praises too because of the way I feel after meeting those lovely characters. I won’t limit this observation on contemporary characters because other genres have adorable couples too.
I’m sorry, this post might seem very depressing. But can you really be objective with how you review a book and separate your own personal feelings? I honestly don’t know. I am not a professional reviewer, I know that. I review books by expressing my feelings and for me writing reviews is the same way as writing on my journal, I write what I feel and experience. If a character annoys me, I rant about him/her in the same way I would rant about a person I hate. If the story bored me because of its slow pacing then I would share that too, and the same thing if I felt flutters in my heart because the romance was so sweet. I guess this is why I love contemporaries, they are easy to relate to and some are even almost true to life. I feel that they draw emotions easier because it can really happen (well except instant love, which to me sounds silly. #sorrynotsorry).
Don’t get me wrong, I admire those who write reviews that has flawless description of how the story was or what significance the characters had in the story. They seemed so intelligent with how they think of the book and they almost always makes me want to read a book they reviewed. But at the same time, I like those who review books the same way I do, or at least similar to how I review books. I feel their emotions through their words and it was as if I was already there reading the book with them.
How about you? Do you let your emotions affect your review/ratings?