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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tips On Writing Reviews

Note:I'm going to write this like it's for movies, but it can easily be changed to apply to a book, TV show, video game, etc.

I found out I had deleted this post. Luckily, I had made a backup, so here it is again.

  • Actually watch what you're reviewing. This may sound obvious, but there are people who will give movies positive or negative reviews based solely on previews, news, and their strong opinions about the people involved. You can say something looks stupid/great based on that, but writing a review for a film you haven't actually seen isn't fair to the work or your readers.
  • Say more than it rocked/sucked. What made it awesome? How did it suck? Go into more detail that that. What the plot done well? Did the characters annoy you to no end? Was the twist ending good or did it make you want your money back? Tell us.
  • Don't bash people for having a different opinion about it. I have said this before, but I cannot emphasize it enough. Gush over or complain about the film itself as much as you want. But don't suggest people who disagree with you are tasteless or unintelligent.
  • Try to avoid revealing spoilers. Include them only if they affected your enjoyment and can't fall under something more general like "the ending made no sense."

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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