Thursday, March 1st, 2012


"The main question on my mind is, will it be any good? I’m not getting my hopes up."
Some space-filling Slate person peers into the future and predicts why J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults will not be good, based on what she feels was weak about the Harry Potter books. Oh GOD. Really? Let's just all agree on this one thing: unless you can back up your predictions with ACTUAL ASTROLOGY I am really not interested in reading reviews of books that don't yet exist.

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deepomega (#1,720)

Well, Voldemort's in retrograde, so it's inevitable really.

glaucon (#222,501)

Okay, so, I understand that it's easy to take negative reviews personally, especially if one has been the target of a few of them (I think "victim" is a bit too strong of a word here), and, I guess, to transfer the response to a particular negative review to any negative review, or to negative reviews in general. But doesn't the sort of argument on display here just echo the thing it is supposedly arguing against?

That is: Right, I am totally on board that it's less than fair to write a critique of something that doesn't exist yet. But, in a sort of weird and inside-out way, writing a critical essay is also a creative act (some more than others, natch), and seeing a work of criticism only as something that exists for the sake of the work it critiques really dismisses the author/critic and any of his/her own creative effort. Which, allegedly, is the thing one set out to protect.

Instead, we get a sort of critique of a critique (and I guess, now, a critique of a critique of a critique!, ugh), both sharing a short attention span and an inability to open up and understand other things on their own terms.

Or am I completely off my rocker here?

melis (#1,854)

You should see her takedown of Dave Grohl's next album. It's really scathing, but he's totally going to deserve it.

BadUncle (#153)

I prefer critiquing existing work with "Didn't read – didn't like it."

melis (#1,854)

"Too nonexistent; didn't read."

stuffisthings (#1,352)

Her next review is going to be even worse.

melis (#1,854)

@stuffisthings Her next review is going to be her last review.

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