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Amazon.com Reviews: Things to Think About if You Want to be Taken Seriously

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Recently, I have been doing quite a bit of purchasing on Amazon.com because of my classes that I’m taking (believe it or not, most libraries don’t have a lot of books on Native Women’s Literature…but anyway), and I have noticed several trends that the writers of reviews do that really unnerve me…Honestly, I even mentioned some of them in rants to one of my classes because they were that bad. So, without further ado, the things that annoy me in Amazon reviews.

1) Know WTF you’re talking about–If you don’t know what happens in the movie, book, etc., don’t feel obligated to write a review about it. I don’t give a crap about your philosophical scruples concerning certain ideologies that might or might not be in the work that you’re talking about (again…if you haven’t watched the movie, you can’t have an educated opinion of the matter)…I hate for people to express their opinion on something that they don’t have a clue about…let’s face it, it’s pretty annoying overall.

2) Don’t criticize an item’s validity simply because you had a bad experience with the seller or you’re unsatisfied with   the packaging– I don’t know how many 1-star or 2-star ratings that I’ve seen that bring down the items overall rating of an item simply because people are pissed off at people who have nothing to do with the creative quality of the item…if you have a complaint to lodge about the shipping or something like that, you should contact Amazon…not slander the product.

3) If you are going to write a review, try to punctuate, spell, and write with an appropriate tone–DON’T WRITE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, it’s annoying and causes people like me to think that you’re yelling at them…also dont type in all lower case without any hope of punctuation entering into the mix its really annoying too (FYI: these previous sentences were for effect. So, don’t revolt against me.) Moreover, try to spell to the best of your ability…most of you probably have a word processing program that will tell you if you are misspelling words or not. Copy and paste your text into it. This way, you come across in your writing as at least a semi-intelligent individual.

4) Try to be explicit in what you like or dislike in the  review your writing–If you say something like “This is the worst damn book ever,” you have made no valid argument as to why or why not I should listen to your review. Please, please, please, give us some sort of information to back up your ideas…simply because Bob Smith writes a review, it doesn’t mean that I should trust them…all I’m saying.

So, there are a few tips for you. I hope that they help everyone out there so that we can quite having reviews like “This is the werst movie I’ve ever sean.” Good luck and happy reviewing.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

March 5, 2011 at 12:44 am

Summer Reading

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With school finally drawing to a close, I begin to look to days of less things to do which means that I’ll have time to read. I love reading…it comes with the territory of being an English Professor I suppose. However, I have so many books on my “to read” list that I’m having a hard time fathoming what to read first.

1) I have thought of rereading all my treasure Anne Rice books. I love all the vampire books (some a little more than others but that’s splitting hairs), and every time I read them, I learn something new or become more aware of certain characters. These novels are also something that I’m contemplating writing my Master’s thesis over…so, I feel like it might be viable to go back and reread now instead of waiting.

2)The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien. As a fan of fantasy fiction, many people are shocked to find out that I haven’t read all three of the books all the way through. This fact does not mean that I haven’t read a great deal of them; I just haven’t read all of them. I am greatly in love with the movies (as I have watched them to have something to grade papers with this semester). I want to see where they came from, and I know that the books will be better than the movies. It’s pretty much an unwritten fact that the book will be better than the movie hands down.

3) A plethora of other books that I have around that have been collecting dust.
Atonement by Ian McEwan (again loved the movie)
Paradise Lost by Milton (interested in the mythology of the fall of Satan that he presents)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (being a large proponent of mythology, I have only read pieces of this book…however, since it may play a great part in the creation of my Master’s thesis, I feel like it is worth the read…also, I know that I will enjoy it)

And these are just a few of the books that I have to decide from…I also usually read Bram Stoker’s Dracula about every other summer…so, this book is back in the cycle of things too…Really, I just need to be able to absorb information by osmosis…that would be wonderful…but until then, I am going to have to think about it. Any suggestions people out there. I’m even open to others that might not necessarily be on my “list”.