Well Hello There!

Hey E’rybody!

Welcome to my very, very first attempt at a blog. I know, I know, most of you are already heading for the hills, but bear with me for a little bit, ok? I promise it’ll probably be worth it maybe.

Ok! So let’s get the super boring business/mission statement stuff out of the way.

This blog, at its heart, is an opinion blog thinly disguised as a review blog. While I’m going to focus mainly on books, because that’s what I spend ninety percent of my personal time doing, I’m also going to touch on television shows, movies, comics, and, every now and again, just my opinion about stuff that’s going on.

“Who gives a shit about your opinions!?” You ask, shaking with righteous and justifiable rage.

Excellent question! I’m glad you asked. And the answer to that is…I don’t really know. Me, definitely. My mom, probably. You…hopefully? I’m writing this more because I love books, I love television, and I love the sound of my own voice (or typing). If you’re into the same stuff, hopefully you’ll be able to get something out of this. If not…well, this is the internet. There’s plenty of other content out there for you (if you can hold your breath for long enough to find it lurking beneath the ocean of porn).

The main conceit of this blog is that I’m not going to be bothering with the whole “impartial critic” horseshit that most reviewers try to hide behind. Honestly, we all know it’s a lie. Art is experienced by the reviewer through the filter of their own personal taste, experiences, emotional range, etc, and anybody that claims that they’ve somehow managed to remove their personal bias from their reviews is, not to put too fine a point on it, full of shit.

With that in mind, there is something to be said for solely looking at the technical execution of things (ie. “that movie was beautifully shot!” or “that was very well written,”) but that can’t be the sole basis on which you judge artistic merit. It’s also the thing that I’m, personally, the least interested in (with a few notable exceptions). So I’m not going to ignore the technical aspect of things, but I’m not going to focus on them either. What I am going to do is spend most of my time on my own personal experience as a consumer of art: how the pieces impacted me emotionally, how they resonated with me in that moment, how I interpreted them, etc.

I like to think that I’m a pretty fair person, and I try my best not to be mean to people who’ve honestly attempted to make art (because that’s brave and awesome and everybody should do it), but there are definitely going to be times when we disagree or you think I went too far, and that’s ok. We’re adults. We’ve all got opinions. Sometimes they clash. It’s all going to be fine.

Anyways! Thanks for reading this long, rambly open, and I hope you enjoy the site. The first actual review should be up shortly.

Much love forever,

VeryBiasedCritic

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