First time reviewer

2 years ago | sunflowerofice (Member)

Alright so i just finished a big name story, worm, and want to try to read something to review, but I am also not a reviewer like I see here. At the same time even though I could review worm it has a bunch already and am unsure if it's worth doing one for since well that series has a lot already.

I kind of want to just grab a random thing and read until I got an opinion on it, but unsure how good that would be. I mean I am new here and am unsure if i, a nobody in regards to reviews at least, would even be noticed since I've never reviewed before.

So i guess what I am asking is should I do reviews for stuff with a lot already and would people actually want reviews from someone as unknown as me.

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  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I'm pretty sure everyone here is hungry enough for reviews (including me!) that how popular or unknown you are is pretty much irrelevant. :-)

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  2. ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    If you have opinions, people want to hear them. Now, if you read something and your response is something like “I despised that with all my being and hope the time police come and un-create it,” that might not be something to cover. However, you really can’t go wrong if you take a little time and clarify both what you think and why you think it. For example: if you read a story centered on a person taking care of a horse farm and you think that horses are the most evil thing to ever exist, but you like the way the plot unfolds, then give the review context by saying that you don’t care for horses but you did care for the other stuff. Three stars from a person predisposed to hate that story should be worth ten stars from a person who’s all about the horses and loves horses and secretly wants to put their brain inside a horse. One thing that will probably make people really really want to get you to take a look is articulating your opinion, being fully honest about what you did and didn’t like, and trying to come up with suggestions that would have made the experience better. Perhaps not something like “take away all the horses” that would require a fundamental rewrite, but something like “downplay the horses and make the horse farm a backdrop rather than the story’s bread and butter.” When you find something you want to tell other people to check out or avoid, though, go right ahead! Even if the review’s flawed, you’ll get better with practice (unless you’re me, who is perfect and smart and handsome and has never published a review that I regret in my entire life, no).

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  3. sunflowerofice (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Sort of like how I don't care about sports at all but really enjoyed the manga eyeshield 21 @elliottthomasstaude

  4. ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Precisely! Now, giving some explanation as to why that’s the case would also help people realize, “Hey, I only care about WWII stories, but if this person also doesn’t care for the subject matter then maybe I could give it a go as well.”

    If you've a head for holistic science fantasy, the Library may oblige:
    If you've a dislike for lengthy names, I'm so sorry.
  5. Thedude3445 (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Absolutely it's worth writing a review, even for something as popular as Worm, but ESPECIALLY for anything with no or almost no reviews. Every review on the site will help potential readers out for years to come. Web Fiction Guide is a great place to go if you're looking to review, uh, web fiction.

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  6. Rhodeworks (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    As another member of the perfect, smart and handsome crew, I really just have to recommend what Elliott said.

    The big thing about reviews when I'm checking out a fiction is that the opinion feels justified. Even a negative, well-reasoned review might lead to me checking out a work, simply because I might be able to read the review and comprehend how/why they thought that way, and how my tastes differ.

    When I review something on WFG, I generally read until...

    1. I finish the text. This is what I try to do, in order to be as conclusive as possible.
    2. I feel I've hit a point where I've got everything the text will show me. This might happen if I like it, but don't want to continue for fear of growing bored or dissatisfied.
    3. I hit a landmine (or, to be more precise, a series of landmines) that makes me stop. This is the worst case scenario, and generally happens rarely.

  7. sunflowerofice (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Well I did a couple, but not sure how well they were done. I got one of those "this review was helpful" on each though.


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