Change and Contemplation

I’ve been thinking a lot about some new things I can do to change things up here on The Mad Reviewer.  Articles, book reviews and interviews are fine, but I find that I’m getting bored with writing the same things all of the time and I’m sure you’re getting bored with reading the same things all of the time.  That’s why I searched around the internet to see if I could shamelessly steal borrow ideas from other book reviewers.  I’m not going to give too much away because I want some things to be surprises, but here are some things I’ve thought of:

  1. Articles about how certain historical figures are often portrayed in fiction, especially figures in ancient history.  I know a lot more about ancient history than I do about any other period, so expect a lot of Roman, Greek and Egyptian articles.
  2. The Best and Worst…sequels, opening lines, characters, etc.
  3. An in-depth look at books that became movies and what my opinion is of them as compared to the general consensus of fans.

However, there’s one thing I want to ask you guys:

So what do you think of these ideas?  Do you have any of your own?  You can always comment or email me if you want an article on a specific book-related topic.


  1. J.J. Massa

    I love the idea of historical figures in fiction, the best and worst, and I’m always on about books turned into movies. Forrest Gump, for instance, has little in common with the movie. That’s one of the few book/movie duo that I find the movie to be an improvement. I doubt I’d be on board with chapter-by-chapter unless I’ve read the book. While I know that you and I have similar taste in reading material quite often, I just don’t have time to read new things, and I doubt you have time to read Great Expectations again.

    See you soon! (in cyberspace, at least)

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks for your input! I really do appreciate it. I love Forrest Gump, but I haven’t actually read the book, so that could be interesting. For a start on the movies, I’m going to do the more well known ones like Harry Potter, Eragon and The Hunger Games, then move into more obscure ones.

  2. Caleb Flanagan

    Doing the chapter by chapter stuff is both thrilling and tedious at the same time. I’m still trying to find the perfect way to do it on 20four12 that doesn’t make me feel like I’m flooding the reader with stuff, make me feel like I’m taking too long to read the book, and stay far enough ahead so that the project doesn’t get stressful.

    I love it when people write articles and opinion pieces about the art of reading. Especially when I come across people that can write a great opinion peace on specific characters or themes in books. That’s something I’m trying hard to figure out for myself.

    One thing you’ve always done so well is the daily book reviews. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I have desperately wanted to see you flex your muscles in some other formats as well.

    It’s finding the balance of how to organize, plan, and get it done that still gives me trouble from time to time.

    • Carrie Slager

      Finding the time has been the biggest problem for me lately. I’m pretty stressed out and I completely understand why you’re taking a few weeks off. I’ll probably take the weekend of my birthday off.

      I will keep up with the old content, but I must admit I do want to try some new things as well. Sometimes in books there are specific themes or really great characters I want to discuss. Sometimes, in historical fiction, I like to talk about how historical figures like Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, etc. are always portrayed. I would like to be able to combine my two passions: history and books.

      It doesn’t really seem like I’ll be doing chapter-by-chapter stuff. I might do it once or twice a year for classics most people have read, but I don’t think it will be a regular feature.

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