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Bella Naija Review of Hers to Tell

This review did reveal the heart of my mystery novel, Hers to Tell, and underlined aspects of my story-telling that should be improved. See ...

Monday, July 6, 2015

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I think I take criticism well. How else will improvement and growth happen in my endeavors? Sharing my book with everyone has been a wonderful experience so far with the usual challenges that I still think are wonderful experiences.

One challenge was quite interesting because I don't usually get into social and moral issues, picking sides and arguing as though I have all the answers. I just say what I think is necessary and move on. There was a reader who concluded that for including a certain content in my book, I was a supporter of a lifestyle and therefore indirectly advocated for it. Don't you just enjoy people like that? I do. In fact, they make me spend too much of my time wondering how their thinking process works. Anyway, I digress. So this reader said, "that part of my book ruined so much for him." I empathize with you, and yes, I'm being sarcastic.

People should know that artists, whether painters, movie makers or writers, use these mediums to create, express, interact, or plainly invoke reactions. They might not necessarily be a hundred percent in agreement with their work. If I sketch a picture of one girl punching another, does that mean that I condone violence? Do you have any idea why I drew that picture in the first place?

When I read how some people attacked E. L. James for her Grey book, I was like, "here we go again." If it's not your cup of tea, why drink it? I understand the pull of a curious mind but when you find out that something is not for you, why dwell on it? The woman wrote controversial series, which featured a lifestyle that wasn't openly talked about. It's uncomfortable and most people do not agree with this lifestyle. I don't remember hearing her telling anyone to become like Christian Grey. She wrote the books while people chose to be marveled by the character.

If you read past the synopsis of a book, then it's your business. If you don't like the book, then look for another one. To all those people who have the time to analyze people's literary work, try to keep it to constructive criticism. That would help the writer more. If you find that it's hard for you to stay objective, then look for other ways to impact lives positively. I can suggest a great way to use your time. How about fighting world hunger? Did you know that over seven hundred people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy life?

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