I just read a post on Goodreads where someone (no names mentioned) said that readers don't write good reviews because they don't have the same high education as authors. This made me so mad.
UGH. Where do I start?!
1. You don't have to have a Degree in English to be able to read a book and type up your thoughts about it. As long as you can spell and put together a few sentences, that's all you really need!
2. Reviewers don't have to use big fancy words, and intellectual language. We're not in school, writing essays. We're people, who read books & tell other people about the books we read. It's so so so simple. It can be written so simply, as long as you get your message across and actually get to the point of reviewing the book, you can't really do anything wrong.
3. We review for fun. Well, the majority of us do! We're not getting paid, we're doing it because we love to do it. So why do we need to spend 3 billion hours going over and over what we've written to make sure we've included huge words and proper connectives and whatnot. Who cares? This isn't a book, this is just a casual review.
4. Are my reviews bad because I don't have a Degree? Am I not capable of expressing my feelings in well-thought out sentences because I don't have a Degree? Does someone with a Degree write better reviews than me purely because they have a Degree and I don't? It makes absolutely no sense. You don't have to be highly educated to know whether a book was written well- it's so simple. If an author is attempting to describe something they've made up themselves and you're not able to envision properly because the description was so poor - there you have it, a poor description, the writing didn't do what it's supposed to set out to do. Do I have to be highly educated to pick out things like that? Nope.
Right, so my thoughts are out. I hope this wasn't too simple and dumbed-down, like I said, I'm a casual reviewer, I'm no professional and I don't intend to become one.