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First of all, a book critic must love books. Since most of the job entails reading books, it is important that this is an enjoyable, rather than burdensome task. Many critics start out as English or literature majors during college; some also are writers who enjoy reading books to enrich their own work. To become a book critic, it is important to understand and have some experience with the existing canon of literature, so try to read as much and as widely as possible.
Book Critic: Education Requirements and Career Info
Another useful skill gained through careful study and practice is book analysis. For a book critic, it is not enough to simply read a book and like it or dislike it. Book critics must be able to analyze the characters, plot, imagery, and strengths and weaknesses of the writing. It is important to remember that most is different than a review or report in that it doesn't just recount the plot, it critically analyzes the writing and the story.
In the , you discovered you were a book critic and that you’ve been one ever since that first night when your mom held you in her lap and At that fateful first reading, you started forming opinions. And though you may have been able to express them with only a sigh or a smile or sniffle, you expressed them nonetheless, and nobody told you you couldn’t. When I was in college, my favorite teacher was He was also my favorite book critic because he always seemed to have an answer for the really hard questions in the hardest books he made us read. If you’ve ever read a book and had an opinion on it, you’re a book critic. From some reason, most human beings can’t help but make critical judgments about the books they read. But what kind of judgments can a book critic make? And how do critics go about making them? Mission Statement: The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.