This is an announcement to all 60 of my followers (60! That’s incredible! If even a fifth of you aren’t spambots I’d be thrilled) to say that I’m probably going to stop writing reviews for films, TV shows and books. This is for a few reasons:
- Simply, I’m not enjoying them. I find them a bit of a slog to write. While it’s fun to completely hammer something I dislike or to highly praise something I love, there’s only so many ways I can say, “It was alright”, and it’s getting boring trying to think of them all.
- Perhaps I’m just not great at reviewing, I don’t know, but I found myself generally churning out the formulaic, “I liked this because…” “This didn’t please me because…” making sure to cover Plot, Characters, Themes, Style/Direction, etc. It’s beginning to feel like if you replaced the nouns of my reviews you’d basically be left with identical templates. A couple of reviews managed to break free of this mould but most don’t.
- They’ve brought out the worst of my obsessive nature. When starting films or reading books I’ve been thinking, “Oh, I need to review this after.” Which sort of adds stress and, when I’m busy, has actually discouraged me from reading or watching films – which is always a bad thing!
This doesn’t mean I’ll never write a review again, but I am going to stop churning them out as I have been. It also definitely isn’t an end to my blog posts on literature and films; these are still some of my favourite topics and, I’m hoping, this will allow me to create more thoughtful and deeper analyses/interpretations of various works. I still plan to publish at least one post a day until September and these will still largely be divided between the Topic Triumvirate of Social Sciences/My Life/Literature and Films.