4 Responses to “Steven Spielberg, reviews & the thrill of seeing things differently”

  1. Seleste deLaney January 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

    Great post and so true. We don’t all have to love the same things. To be totally fair, I think a lot of books sell *more* copies when people start talking about how they hate them than when there’s unanimous adoration for a book. Controversy interests people because they want to be in on the conversation. The problem is when the controversy created actually shoots the person creating in the foot.

  2. Cassandra Carr January 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM #

    As a relatively new author, I use reviews to get my name out there. I solicit more reviews than most other authors I know, but I subscribe to the “a bad review is better than no review at all” theory. And I’ve gotten bad reviews. Every author has. But you have to look at the review, take what the reviewer said as one person’s opinion (much like a rejection is one agent or editor’s opinion), glean what you can, and move on. If you focus on negative reviews, or rejection, or any of the many things that happen to authors in this business, you’re not moving your writing forward.

    I agree with you – I love reviews. I love getting them (especially when they gush!), I love reading them. And I discover a lot of new books and authors through them. So please, reviewers, keep reviewing!

  3. Elisa January 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM #

    I’m a big believer in “if they’re talking about you, you’re a threat”, except in this case, I mean you’re worth talking about. Whether you’re being detracted or supported in online discussions, the fact your name/work/sense of humor is out there is proof that you are at least semi-relevant. Being gracious about reviews, helping to build the online community of readers, etc. is only going to make you more relevant.

    Great post, Angie! It’s so true that we all see things differently and our viewpoints are all valid. Even – or especially – when they go against the tide. 🙂

  4. Deborah Batterman January 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM #

    Seeing things differently is what good writers, poets especially, do so well, and it’s a reminder we can all benefit from. I’m a big fan of what Spielberg brings our culture, so it’s no small irony that another quote of his had some resonance. Among the fascinating exhibits at the Museum of the Moving Image (in Astoria, Queens) is the section devoted to screenwriting, where a small TV monitor rolls along with images of great movie lines plus this from a young Steven Spielberg: ‘I think it’s time to renew our romance with the word.’ Apparently this was from the speech he gave in accepting the Thalberg Award at the 1987 Oscar ceremony.

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