How to write book reviews!
In the previous article in this series devoted to literary criticism and blogs were talking about some basic aspects when analyzing a work, how to write a review. History, Plot, Character, Conflict, Obstacles and Climax are the tools that every story should include, so it is necessary to analyze them to talk about how good or bad it is a book. However, good literary criticism must not remain just that. In this, the last article in the series, we will see how to round our opinion on a literary work.
The first aspect to consider is the Point of View.
In a literary work, the narrative is made from a particular point of view, and that view is crucial for the story to acquire all the drama necessary. For example, the series of Game of Thrones, of G.R.R. Martin, has the peculiarity that has been designed using a multiple narrator; each of the stories of the different characters is told from the point of view of that character, but not the character in the first person. As a result, Martin achieves a perfect puzzle in which the fragmented information of each character completes the picture. Similarly, the same effect is not achieved in a whodunit if we count from the point of view of the investigator that if we do from the point of view of the criminal. It follows that the view considerably alter history that reaches the reader and how to understand it.
The second point to consider is the stage.
There are two basic aspects that must be considered in this section: time and place. Shares narrated need a relationship space specific time that is logical and consistent with history. There are many historical novels, to name one example, which can be seen anachronisms, these consistent errors in placing at a particular time something that could not happen. A famous example is potatoes of The Pillars of the Earth; You could not eat potatoes in the twelfth century in England because they simply would not reach Europe until after the voyages of Columbus in 1492, almost 300 years later.
Another issue to consider when doing a review is style.
The style is just the way he writes the author of the novel, which makes the choice of grammar, syntax, etc. In all forms of expression, whether written or spoken, there are three levels of communication: elocution, illocution and perlocution, which are aspects that show the spoken words, implicit in those words message, what is meant and what to be achieved. These three levels of communication depend entirely on the author’s style. It can also achieve greater or lesser fluidity based build many subordinate sentences or short, etc. All these elements are part of the style, which is achieved based on manipulating the connotative and denotative language and semantic levels and phrasal of a literary work.
We can not confuse style with language, which is the next point to analyze in a review.
The language depends on the articulation of the characters, setting, narrative point of view and the intent of the author. the same language can not be used in a scene in which a nuclear engineering professor is teaching another class in which two criminals from the slums prepare a crime. One of the great mistakes of the novels is to make all the characters speak the same, sound the same, same build their sentences and even talk the same way we do today.
Finally, a novel structure is crucial when doing literary criticism.
The author must organize the narrative somehow to make it reach the reader, and need not necessarily be linear. A book with a complex structure was a resounding success was The Eight Katherine Neville. So, the author is able to organize its history? Does introduces the reader to the best possible way, ensuring that interested in it?
Literary criticism is in question, it is true. Literary blogs can become a very viable alternative, but few succeed. What is the reason? For the fact that, in most cases, managers of blogs are dedicated only to give an opinion (liked it or not) without going to really analyze the reasons. It’s not easy, of course. Not everyone is able to do so. But if you want to get your blog is a feasible alternative, you would do well to take into account all the factors we have considered throughout this series of articles when writing reviews.