Idle Chit-Chats is where @ Jules Bookshelf talks about bookish and non-bookish topics that is related to a bibliophile.
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Things that affect how you rate/review books
Have you ever read a book that is so against your beliefs? But you still ended up liking it? Or maybe hating a hero/heroine because you don't understand his/her actions? Or avoided books about bullying, slut-shaming or cheating due to bad experience?
It would be automatic for reviewers to be open minded. Being a reader and reviewer demands that we not only see if from our POV, but from the characters themselves, but all of us have our own limits right?
From my perspective the basic things that are wrong were ingrained in my brain since I was a child. Growing up in a Christian family, I had been taught this way, understanding a very distinct knowing of what's right or wrong, or black and white. Things like cheating, murder (especially kids and animals, I can't handle it when a baby cries or when a dog whimpers), physical abuse or even emotional and verbal. Guys who think they're bosses of the world (in short douchebags and asshats), incest, stealing, etc etc. But in books, some of these things are too normal right? It somehow always happens that someone has abuse history. That boy cheated on this girl. A guy murdered those around him because he was high on drugs. These things happen in books all the time, so when will we react?
I have a pretty high tolerance (but within my limit) to all I said above, I tend to keep my mind open and try to understand why they did it. My religion doesn't affect heavily whether I'll like a book or not. I know black and white, but in life there are a lot of gray areas, and I choose to be in the lighter area. Lesser of two evils if I may say so. I'm not like this because I have a weak belief towards my religion or my beliefs, but I think its important to try to understand a POV from someone else than you. To me, its refreshing to understand why someone did it, it helps me connect with the characters. Connecting with the character helps me love him/her more, especially the emotion of the story. As a somewhat artist, I use emotion whenever I paint, its important for me to feel that, and when I feel the emotion behind the characters' action, I understand them better. Sorry, I'm ranting now. Haha.
Anyway main point is, I don't let my belief overshadow my judgement. Its a 50-50 thing for me. Even if he/she did something I don't like, I'm going to make myself see why they did it, I want to understand them, I want to know them as if they're my friends or I am in their shoes. I will do what I can to see if I can like them, even a little bit. As for the book in general, I can try to understand the whole meaning of the book, even if I don't agree to it, sometimes, even if the book has something you can't tolerate, it would teach you things you never thought of, because it has a different point of view. But I have my limits, I know that if its offending, it would automatically affect my rating. That's where my beliefs come in, they set a limit in my tolerance to books with sensitive topics
I also asked a lot of people on twitter!
.@otaku_bookworm yes.. i stated in my 'about me' that i'm a Christian and therefore I have genre's that I really try to avoid. :) 1/2
— Paula M. (@herbookthoughts) July 4, 2014
.@otaku_bookworm but I still keep an open mind abt everything. like,though i don't like the concept/topic, but its a brilliant book,i say it
— Paula M. (@herbookthoughts) July 4, 2014
@otaku_bookworm Definitely! I can't stand cheating (personal experience) so I stay away from books that has cheating as its major plot!
— Amir @ NSLH (@lilradrad) July 4, 2014
@otaku_bookworm DEFINITELY. But there are times when I'm able to set aside my preconceived notions and look at it from a different POV.
— Nuzaifa (@nbookaholic) July 4, 2014
@otaku_bookworm I'd say definitely. Our beliefs/experiences affect how we view everything.
— Kel Peterson (@kelpeterson) July 4, 2014
@otaku_bookworm yes definitely! I'm Catholic and some things are just a no.. But that's what makes reading fun. Different experiences!
— Giselle (@booknerdcanada) July 4, 2014
@otaku_bookworm i can't read about religion & i've stopped reading because politics in book are b&w & apparently ppl are idiots
— P.E. (@AshesTantalize) July 4, 2014
@otaku_bookworm sometimes. I try to take a book for what it's worth and not have my own personal life views take away from the story.
— The Fiction Fairy (@TheFictionFairy) July 4, 2014
Thank you guys so much for the responses that you all gave me, I couldn't put it all here, but thanks for answering my questions and having a chat with me! You guys are the best!
|I love you too Jack, my love... I just love Finn more <3|
What about you?
Does your beliefs/experience in life affect your rating/reviews?