I finished "A Temptation of Angels" last night and went to update on GoodReads. After I had marked the book as "Read" and moved it to my review pile I stopped to read what others thought of the book.
One review in particular picked it apart pretty thoroughly and while the reviewer was right about a lot of the points she made...it dawned on me that's not why I read. It's like a discussion I've had with my little brother many times. I will say I liked a movie and he will share his thoughts which are much more critical. I realized that while I believe I can be a critical thinker, I just don't want to use that process with my means of escapism...it would kind of defeat the purpose.
Yep, I use books and movies to escape my real life and the world at large. My goal is to be absorbed into another world where all my focus is on the book or movie and I can forget everything else for a little while. Remember that scene in "The Wizard of Oz" where Toto starts to notice the curtain moving and pulls at it to reveal the very mortal man working all the levers? Well I don't want to know that man is there.
Having said all that, when I get completely absorbed in a good story, I will usually gush about it. No problem listing all the reasons I loved it! I will not pick it apart and highlight it's absurdities. On the flip side, if I don't like a book or movie, I try to find something positive to say about it and I might share some of the things I found frustrating about it. But I'm just not going to be that critical about the work because it would take the fun out of it.
Having said all that, I wanted to let you all know what my thought process is regarding the books that I post here.