What do I mean by impartiality?
not partial or biased, fair, just
Book reviewing is not impartial
I have been reflecting a great deal recently on the world of books and blogging. My conclusion is this, that book reviewing is not impartial. It is incredibly biased. I suppose it is all about sales and promotion. I can see all of that. My recent experiences seem to back, that this impacts on the reviewer. I have recently left social media completely. I have switched off Facebook and Twitter. I have come to the conclusion that by gaining close contact with authors and publishers, there is an assumption that I will read books favourably. I do not want to play that game. No one is entitled to get a good review from me, unless they deserve it.
Of course, we are always going to have some level of partiality in our criticism and enjoyment of books. I love noir and have a passion for a really dark read. I know that my sister, for example, does not share this love of dark crime. Her tastes are different to mine.
I judge every book on its merits. I am fair. If someone presents a book to me, as a psychological thriller, that is how I assess a book on reading. I know what a good book looks like. I see it all of the time. The majority of the books I have read this year have been given four or five stars. I think this proves that I am able to pick books that suit my tastes. I know when a publisher is pulling the wool over my eyes. Please do not bother to try and fool me and say a book is one thing, when clearly it is not. I will call you up on it.
I do not want to be that close to a publisher, publicist or author, that I am attacked when I do not provide a positive review. I do want to shower anyone with praise because of a close friendship. Nobody owns me. I recently have been abused and this has to stop. I got the old ‘you must realise that some books do not fall into neat categories treatment’. Right! My assessment of that book stands. I want to state categorially that I do not care what you or anyone else thinks. Once a book is published, the reader has the right to decide the labelling of a book and what they think of the contents. No one should be made to feel bad over a book review. No one should be abused openly because of a review. I refuse to be party to indirect insults either. I can see why some people leave the world of blogging. I am not leaving. I am sticking around.
I am going to continue posting my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and on my blog.