5 The Worst Advice About Writing Article Critique

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The review has a head, neck, body, and tail. The head is the title of the text. It should be bright, noticeable, and at the same time be related to the subject of the book. The neck is the lead, two or three dense introductory lines that set the tone and describe the topic of conversation. Body is the actual text of the review. The tail is the conclusions of the reviewer, his resume. Without a tail, the report has a lively and bulky look, do not hurt the poor!

Article critique is a review, analysis, and evaluation of the artistic (literary, theatrical, musical, cinematographic, etc.), scientific or popular science; a genre of literary criticism and journalism. More stringent requirements also apply to the form of a review. Unlike a report or essay, it is always written according to a particular plan.

Good Review VS Bad Review

A review should include a lot of quotes. The article critique should consist of them. Otherwise, it will be a not reliable source of information. Imagine being a horrible novel, and you have found an indicative quote. Enter it in the text and the reader will accept it very well. It will be funny, exciting and it will be positive emotions from the review. Among that, you should follow these rules to make your article critique unique.

Create Your Style

The article critique should not include dialogs. The whole culture is dialogical, and that’s enough. You should be original. Your review should be a monologue since it is an absolute and indisputable position. The text should not leave a particular field for thoughts, pushing the reader to reflect on the book. You should forget about jokes and a note of irony in your review. However, a little bit of sarcasm is good. Sarcasm cannot be perceived as your desire for revenge as if an author has once offended you. Moreover, you should ump from the plot to the style, from style to the author’s opinion and further in a circle. First, make notes for yourself, then group them, structure, to create more or less not smooth transitions.

The Review Should Not Be Relevant

The article critique considers the ‘ancient’ product, that is, the one that came out more than six years ago. After this event, you have a year or two to write a review. Remind people that story. If it is already written by someone else, and when there are five reviews of the work, the reader will come to you most likely.

Write as Many as Possible

You should write a huge lecture, and this is not a thesis. It should be from 30 to 100 thousand characters or more than 100 thousand characters. If it is a review for the so-called full literary magazine, it is better to write 500-600 characters. You should write until the ink in your pen will be ended. All of you may seem perfect, understandable and structured, in fact, it will not be difficult to read your review.

Do Not Evaluate the Work

A good review is not critical. You should not evaluate the work, just translate its plot. First, all people are interested and need spoilers, so be careful to include all of them in your article critique. If it’s Harry Potter and you wrote a review, where you tell about everything that happened there, it’s excellent. People will be excited that you say them all the truth. You can write about all episodes and make your readers think about the estimation of the work.

Separate Your Article Critique

A good review should not be the one that writes the work into the literary process. Create a new sense of written work. You should not be oriented on the actual literary process in the world. You can trust the authors blindly. They try to look better than they are but this does not matter. Trust yourself, your taste, your erudition, and feeling. You should not describe the picture of the literary process of the region/ period/direction. If you are writing about a modern American writer, then, first of all, tell about him, and that’s it. Do not use the comparison with other similar books of the same period or genre.

Worst Ideas About Preparing to Write the Critique Article

1 Do not read the work (view the movie, visit the play) to which you will write a review.

2 Naturally, you should not identify the topics that the author of the work that you are reviewing develops.

3 Never comment on the title of the work.

4 No expression of your opinion about the content of the work, the problems that the author violates, the idea of ​​the work.

5 Do not write, do you think the issues, which are written by the author, are relevant in our time or do you share the author’s point of view on these issues.

6 Nevermind noting the speech means that make up the originality of the author’s style.

These ideas are essential if you know how to use them in a right way. 

About the Author:

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One Response to 5 The Worst Advice About Writing Article Critique

  1. Dan Onorato says:

    Laura Buckler’s give such good advice about about writing article or what we call commenting on social media. She writes “A good review is not critical. You should not evaluate the work, just translate its plot.” How surprisingly simple and yet almost unheard of in the social media when most comments constitute a harsh critique.

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