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In Which I Rant about Popular Media’s Handle on Book Reviews

If another media outlet, advertisement, or otherwise compares another book to Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight I’m gonna scream. I don’t care if you’re trying to grab the attention of a certain demographic or trying to feed of their popularity. You’re being annoying and very unhelpful in telling me why I should read what ever you’re trying to push on me.

Example: I just finished Ready Player One and all the back it calls it “a grown-ups Harry Potter”. But 1- There’s no magic really besides in-game and even then it’s not really a big part and 2- the main characters are teenagers. The only possible correlation I could figure out is that those who grew-up with Harry Potter and all grew up in the late 80s and 90s and would get a lot of the pop culture references. So why bring up Harry Potter at all? If you’re going to compare it to anything you can compare it to Willy Wonka. USA Today did and the text itself even draws the movie as a comparison. But honestly, I’m sure just a reference to the nostalgia of 80s pop culture would do seeing as it addresses the demographic you’re supposedly trying to target, is true to the work, and informs the audience of what to expect

So moral of the story is, media, stop comparing stuff to things that are irrelevant. Not that I really trust you to give me intelligent suggestions but it would help my sanity a little bit.


P.S. I’ll have a review of Ready Player One up shortly.


It’s getting closer so get excited! I can’t wait to read this book in its entirety.

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab



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Giveaways run until AUGUST 24TH.

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Hello and welcome to my new book blog!

In case you’ve just happen to stubble across this place from the wilds of the internet I suppose I should tell you a bit about me. My name is Kristee and I am a 22 year old bibliophile who works at a bookstore and will begin studying to become a librarian in the fall. I am a self proclaimed (and friend supported) geek hailing from many fandoms such as Nerdfighteria, Supernatural, and Lost Girl. Just to add to my geek-factor I am also an academic. I recently graduated from college with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with distinction after writing a thesis, participated in Marching Band, and held officer positions in various clubs. In the end my love of books won out.

Which kind of leads to why this blog is a thing that exists. About a year ago I started a youtube channel. I originally had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but thought it would be fun and maybe help me deal with some of my anxieties. Over the year I noticed I started talking more and more about books. Unfortunately, I’m still kind of bad a regularly posting videos so the idea behind the blog is so I can still talk about the books I’m loving, without having to situate myself in front of a camera all of the time. I plan on also writing blogs as I read if I find a theme or character particularly interesting and worth talking about. Basically this place is a free for all.

If you’re still reading here’s your complementary hug! Hopefully I can keep this entertaining.

Best Wishes,