So why, I hear you howl, am I starting a review site? I refer you to a scene in the film True Romance. Patricia Arquette's character leaves the cinema with Christian Slater and says:
"When I see a really good movie I really like to go out and get some pie, and talk about it. It's sort of tradition."
And that's the way it used to be for me - go to the cinema, go to a gig and then go on somewhere afterwards to talk about it. But then I had children and my friends had children and suddenly getting together became really hard. And my friends moved away or moved on, and I got new friends and they lived all over the place and we only ever met up on the internet.
When I see a movie or read a book or listen to an album nowadays, I mostly do it on my own. And there are pleasures to that, sure - no-one takes a phone call or gets up for popcorn or asks me who that guy is and what they've been in before. And afterwards, I can eat as much pie as I like, but the discussion is seriously one-sided.
I'm not sure if there's a way to fix all this, but at least I have a plan:
- Set up http://whoatemystuff.blogspot.com/
- Post every few days reviewing something I've read/seen/heard.
- No format or genre restrictions.
- Go easy on the spoilers.
- Don't bother with the information you can read anywhere.
- Talk about why I liked something or didn't like it.
- Hope you might have read/seen/heard that thing too and want to offer comments. Or that my review might make you want to seek that thing out and form your own opinion.
- Have somewhere that I can review all the lovely books and other things that my friends are producing.
- Not worry too much what the blog is for or where it's going. Plenty of blogs never get past the first couple of posts, after all.
- Maybe other people might want to add their own reviews in the future or we might have homework to read/watch/listen to something. Who knows?
The first review (of Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones) is up on http://whoatemystuff.blogspot.com/ right now.