I imagine this title has caught your attention (as bad a title as it is). You’re probably looking at it going “Pirates? What pirates?”
Well, sorry to disappoint you but there’s no dashing lads coming to your screens. Just a new review style and theme for my own lovely posts. I know, I know, my posts are awesome enough, why would I ever change them? Because, lovelies, they are going to be more awesome. (Yes it’s possible)
Basically: because of various reasons mainly pertaining to time, I’ve had to put an end to my own pirate themed review blog. But I didn’t want to give it up completely. After about a month or so of tossing and turning and discussing with Alise, I decided to bring my review style and features over to Readers in Wonderland. Well, feature. X Marks the Spot, a book rec feature, is the only unique one Ransom Reads really had. And Captain’s Address is a fancy title for your general discussions.
If I hadn’t just finished studying Nematodes, this post would be 99% more piratey and fun but I’m tired. The intro was going to mention something about how I overthrew Captain Hook and took his ship, deciding to leave Neverland for new waters. Sorry that couldn’t happen. But rest assured a lot of my posts from now on will be as exhilarating as sailing the high seas with lots of pirate language and jokes, maybe even a little rum here and there.
Because my review style follows a specific layout and theme, it’s not entirely clear what each heading addresses. This post, other than announcing the integration of my pirate theme and style, was to explain what the hell is going in my posts. So without futher adieu let me present:
Bec’s Handy Dandy Guide to her Ransom Demands (aka Reviews)
Because pirates are pirates and steal a lot of things, we’re always thinking about how much money we can get for certain objects. I particularly like evaluating books, anime, tv shows, movies, and manga (basically everything) to predict what type of profit I could make if I ransomed it off to its loved ones. There are 6 possible amounts a fictional work can receive:
- King’s Ransom = 5 stars
- Aristocrat’s Ransom = 4 stars
- Merchant’s Ransom = 3 stars
- Commoner’s Ransom = 2 stars
- Peasant’s Ransom = 1 star
- Marooned = DNF
To establish a fictional works worth we must evaluate the following categories very very carefully. Gifs will be used in each category to help express our feelings (and often say it better than I can express it with words)
Major Selling Points
What two big things does this book have going for it? What drew me in?
This section is all about the plot, the entertainment factor. Was it long and boring? Fast paced and kick ass? Did I experience a lot of feels or did I just not care…
Here I rant/rave about the writing. Most of the time this section is the crappiest part of the entire review because I often get lost in the story and forget to pay attention to how well the author uses words
This is where I break down some of the characters. Who were my favourites? What did I like/dislike? Who did I want to punch in the face?
And of course I have to talk about the romance, or lack thereof. Was it hot and tension filled or steamy? Or did it really make me head long for the nearest brick wall?
In this final section, I list all my OTPs. The serious ones and the ridiculous ones. Because I can and it is a very important section of the review.
Aaand that’s basically it. I’ll still have the usual Rating Report system at the end, and the book details at the beginning will still be the same.
Also, these reviews are gif heavy. Which I think is awesome, but if you think it’s not so great then
I’m really excited to start posting more frequently on Readers in Wonderland again. I know I’ve been missing for a little while and I’m sorry. Life got hectic and stressful and I don’t know how I managed to get through it. This decision–to move Ransom Reads posting style to Readers in Wonderland–will hopefully bring me less stress and more time.
I hope you all enjoy the new posting style! It’s great fun to write and hopefully just as fun to read. Certainly a less serious take on book reviews. It’s refreshing.
Anyway, enough the the rambling and not really flowing post. I have to get back to study. I hope you gorge yourselves on a suitable amount of chocolate and have a good Easter. Until next time,