zondag 4 mei 2014

Ramblings: Misinterpretation

I really need to get something of my chest, because one of my reviews, got misinterpreted by author, Darren Shan.  You can read, what he had to say about it here: Darren Shan News. It has been bugging me all week so that is why I am writing about it know.


It's my review of Cirque Du Freak #1, which you can read here: Cirque Du Freak. In the review I clearly stated that I was dissappointed by the first book in the series, because I have seen the movie first. This was interpreted by the author as me liking the movie better than the book. NO, that was not what I meant to say at all because my motto really is: Books are always better than the movie.  So I want to rectify this part of my review right here and now:



I in no way intended to say that the movie is better than the book! 

So why was it interpreted that way? I think I know why, the movie ruined the reading experience for me, gave me very high expectations of the book, with lots of action, many things happening at the same time. Where as the book took things a little slower, this took me by surprise and left me with know choice but explaining it, very badly, the way I did in my review. The movie just gave me a false image of what the book might be like. I really wish I could reverse the situation and read the books before seeing the movie. I can promise you this, I will not write a movie review before I read all the books.

This bad feeling also let to me picking up the book to read the second book in the series: The Vampire's Assistant. I just started reading it friday night and I can promise you that the review for this book is going to be a lot different than that of the first, because I am loving it already. There is less mix up with the movie. Or maybe I have gotten use to the fact that I really need to separate them. Put them in different boxes in my head.

Just the way I did with The Vampire Diaries, which causes them same kind of reactions for people, the way I reacted by seeing Cirque du Freak first before reading it. I heard people say about TVD: the books are so disappointing and  that the TV-series is so much better. (This is when my blood begins to boil because the books are equally as good as the TV-series, just different.) By the way, I haven't read the TVD books after Midnight because they are not written by L.J. but by a ghostwriter.

I hope you all understand a little better where I am coming from now. I am not going to change my review, this article is just to clarify it a little more.  I am glad to get this of my chest I am feeling a little better now.

7 opmerkingen:

  1. He needs to apologize to you! Singling out a blogger for an honest take on his book? I will never want to read anything by that egotistical moron!

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    1. Not so, even when the post by Darren bugged me, he was very fair in his comment. And when I re-read my review again, I noticed it could be interpreted as the movie being better. So know harm done. This post was to let people know about the misinterpretation. And I am definitely going to continue the series!

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    2. Sorry Irene, I just don't tolerate authors acting silly like that. If I take time to read to read his book, out of all the books that are out there, I want it to be by an author whose posts don't rub me the wrong way. Don't worry, I'm stepping down from my soapbox now... ;)

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  2. It's a shame that you saw the movie first. I read the book first, loved it, then was a bit disappointed by the movie but it worked in it's own way when I imagined them as being different from each other. I always try to keep books and movies in separate boxes in my head, it's a technique I highly recommend (though it is really difficult sometimes haha)! As for whether he should apologise, I don't think so at all! He seems very fair in his comments (despite them being a little misinterpreted, that's obviously what he took from your review). Even I would say that the first book in the series was definitely not my favourite. Stick with it and wait till you get to a bit later, it really picks up and becomes a lot faster paced! I'm glad you're enjoying the second book more :) Happy reading!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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    1. Exactly my thoughts! I don't think he should apologize, there was no harm done in what he said. I have not received any snarky replies or anything. I usually read the book first, this is one of those accidental cases where I didn't know the book existed. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion!

      Irene

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  3. Oh wow, I can't believe he singled you out like that, that's crazy! I don't think he meant anything bad by it though. But still, he should correct that on his blog!

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    1. I send him this article via twitter as well. Hope the author will read it too :P

      Irene

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