Punchy wrote:Isn't the whole point of a review to be subjective? The reader wants my view, not an imaginary child's. I could say that this might appeal to children more than me, but I won't make it the main focus of my review, that's an afterthought.
There is a subjective component and an objective component. Unfortunately, you argue constantly that objective factors have nothing to do with the subjective components which is not only a purely subjective argument but a faulty one at that. My review actually spends no time talking about whether it is good for kids or adults, it does spend a bit of time talking about the history of the property though, which is important for context. I make my feelings about the story and art known plainly, sometimes that is through objective material, sometimes it is through subjective, most of the the time it is a combination of both.
When I read one of your reviews I can tell whether or not you liked the book. Usually it is hard to tell if anyone else would. So your reviews require the reader to know exactly who you are and while that is cool if you are someone like Roger Ebert who is omnipresent, it is not as cool for such a niche medium that has such varied sources of opinion. I have to assume that everytime some one is reading one of my reviews that it is the first time. I need it to be clear how and why the book has merit or does not. If I provide context, that is a lot easier to tell. "Hey I read and enjoyed the hell out of the rest of OML but for the price GSWOML seems not only lite, but down right disappointing." You say that isn't fair to the book, but it tells the reader of my review that I think the story is worth reading, but certainly not from this issue... if it is some one unfamiliar with OML but curious they can discern that this is not a good introduction to the concept and that it sounds like it might be worth reading in trade. Which is funny to me, because I have sold more copies off the shelf of the hardcover to OML then I did that one shot... mostly because one is a far better value to the reader and it ain't the cheaper one.