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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.

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(Jones is a book critic for The Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, and The Camden Times, Camden, New York.)

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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.

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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.

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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.
Salon's book critic dishes on the popular titles she kicked to the curb this year

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When a book critic reviews a new book, he or she typically attempts to analyze the book from a literary standpoint. This may mean analyzing the plot, characters, themes, symbolism, voice and style throughout the book, and the enjoyment and entertainment value of a book. Contrary to popular belief, book critics do not simply tear apart the hard work of authors and provide critical commentary; instead, book critics typically try to point out areas of the book where the writer succeeded and did well, in addition to areas where the writing may have fallen short.

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How to Be a Book Critic - The New York Times - ArtsBeat Blog

Book critics may offer their own opinions in addition to their literary analysis. Critiquing books can be a highly subjective field, and one reviewer's opinion may be vastly different than another. Book reviews are not meant to be the final word on a piece of writing, but simply one way to think about and view the book from a different perspective. Book critics should make an effort to be as objective as possible, however.

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Dwight Garner - Book Critic - The New York Times

Being a book critic isn’t an easy life. There’s plenty of judgement (luckily, none against you). If you are experimental you can find new books, indie books, fresh off the shelf books, or even books not published yet. If you aren’t, you can just keep reviewing Harry Potter and 50 Shades of Grey until our ears fall off, but we’ll still listen. I’m going to talk more about the experimental side of reviewing; truly critical reviewing, the cutting edge, and judging where it will go.