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Friday, January 8, 2016

How Are You Seeing, Hearing or Reading It?


The following is a one-star review provided by My Own Little Corner. It was posted this week on the Amazon/Kindle book product page of 57 Pages: A Short Book of Thought-Motivating Cartoons:


57 Pages
This one's hard for me. I reviewed this once before, but felt guilty and didn't post it publicly. The author came back after some revisions and asked me to read it again. I wanted to enjoy this. I wanted to laugh or feel enlightened...or something. But, I didn't. A good rule of thumb is if you have to explain your joke, then it isn't funny. Jackson reminds that everything in this book isn't necessarily meant to be funny as much as it is poignant, but even that falls short. I understood all of the cartoons just fine. They just weren't funny or well worded. I did enjoy several of the drawings themselves from an artistic point of view, but I just can't recommend this beyond that.


Here is my reply to the review of My Own Little Corner. It was posted this Friday morning on the same book product page of Kindle/Amazon:

My expressions of gratitude for the review and the compliments of the artwork, it is not my wish this evaluation be a hard one for you. It is your choice whatever to review the book or not because your consciousness, your secular responsibility as a book critic and sense of moral obligation are to be respected. With these, there are at least general guidelines most persons might identify with and apply to their circumstances.
To be able to recognize and use effective application of shared principles those conditions would need to be actual or real. The pictures being seen or held on two-dimensional surfaces, screens or tablets how impossible to say cartoons are real, these are fictional persons, animals, and situations. What are recognize by readers is how the pictures are presenting and do these relate to modern life as we know it. Both from the front cover and introduction of the book the cartoons were not seeking laughter as a primary goal although these pictures are drawn humorously.
I was advised by a friend many years ago not to produce humor drawings with serious themes and dialogue. He felt cartoons should be focusing on humor, laughter. Like theater, films, television and various kinds of literature, cartooning are a medium that could transcend into different genres or combinations of styles and approaches.
How do you know which is which and not be disappointed or confused? Producers of these medias have been providing the answers for centuries. Many will tell us this is "an editorial" or gag cartoon. Or this is a "science fiction opera" or a "romantic western". Usually, the entertainment critic readily identifies the style of an artform, explaining to her readers.
57 Pages nonetheless did not hold back offering such explanations. Including you, other reviewers acknowledged those statements. Unlike you, some book critics were able with greater ease to enjoy the book and benefit from it. Otherwise, they would not have communicated the positive expressions.
As we may learn from your review, a reader or reviewer's mindset or attitude towards a book may be a prime factor on how it might affect them. With a realistic outlook, that "rule of thumb" may not reasonably apply here. Readers would more likely discover something else worthy besides the joke or humor is being expounded upon in the explanations of the book as seen in its' preview. It is commending for you reading the book again and taking the time to submit your evaluation.

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