Yes, yes, I know Cedar Sanderson and I did a bit about this on Mad Genius Club Sunday but something came up this morning that drove the point home again. So, I’m going to point everyone back to the original post on MGC and the expound some more.
For those who don’t know Cedar, she is a wonderful newish author and one of my co-bloggers at MGC. She just released the second book, Trickster Noir, in her Pixie for Hire series. It is a mix of fantasy, noir and mystery and a fun read. Better yet, she has a new twist on some of the fantasy tropes that I found refreshing. But I will leave it at that and urge you to go try it for yourself.
I mention Trickster Noir because it was one of the reviews for it that had me shaking my head and wondering just what the reviewer was thinking when writing the review. Even though giving TN a five star review, the reviewer went on to criticize the fact that Cedar kept mentioning the two lead characters weren’t sleeping together — and why, which is due to a combination of factors the characters have to deal with before being able to have time to sleep together — and then, as if that wasn’t enough, the reviewer then tries to tie it into the Hugo and related brouhaha that is currently going on.
Look, if you don’t want to give spoilers in a review, then don’t talk about a major plot point. If you don’t like the fact the main characters actually think and talk about why they aren’t sleeping together and then want to show your own, well, what folks could call sexism by saying you leave the wedding preparations to the ladies so you don’t particularly want to read about the details, fine. But don’t go on ad nauseum about it in a review, especially when those are not major plot points or issues in the book.
Most of all, don’t try to tie into what is, hopefully, a passing upheaval in the SF/F world, especially since more readers aren’t even aware of it happening. By preaching about preaching that is or is not happening in the book, you are doing the author a disservice.
But that’s just my two cents’ worth. When I look at reviews, I want a short, concise note about whether or not the story is good, if it kept the reviewers attention and if there were any glaring formatting, etc., errors.
And, again, that’s just my two cents’ worth.