When I first started my blog a hundred years ago, I only knew of one way to do a book review: By writing it down.
Sure, it may sound silly these days since YouTube is all the rage, but it seems like more and more people are doing book reviews through a vlog.
I don’t want to say that there’s anything wrong with that, because there isn’t, but I wonder if more effort goes into writing a review for a vlog, versus writing one for a blog. Is it an equal amount of preparation? Sure, when you write a review for a blog, you still have to do things like add in the book info, or add in buying links, or whatever you do to format your reviews, but then for a vlog you have to either write out a script for your review, or just wing it and take the good parts, AND you have to format and upload the video.
From what I’ve seen on discussions about vlogging, I think there are quite a few people who don’t even like to watch vlogs, let alone a book review vlog. For me, I tend to skim a review if I haven’t read the book and pick out certain words or phrases that make me want to read the book, or that make me want to skip it. My fear in watching a vlog is that something will get spoiled without me being able to prevent it in time.
Also, from what I’ve seen of vlogged book reviews, they tend to be quite short – only a few minutes long. Granted, I’m sure that actually reading some reviews only takes a few minutes, but then why not write them out? In short, is there a benefit to vlogging reviews?
Maybe I still feel like I’m living in the Stone Age since I haven’t completely embraced the idea of vlogging a review, but I think that the practice does have its merits. Like, if you read that book that you just don’t know how to review when you finish – either you loved it or you hated it, or maybe you just don’t have a lot to say about the book that would justify a written review – it might just work out better to film ALL your thoughts, as incoherent as they may be, and trim it all up in to a neat little video.
And really, when it comes to reviewing books through vlogs, as you can see from the vlogbrother book review videos I’ve included, humour plays a large part! I can read book reviews anywhere, on blogs and on Goodreads, to name a few places — but if I’m going to watch a video of a review, I want to be entertained. I think there are a lot more expectations when it comes to reviewing books through vlogging as opposed to written reviews.
Perhaps vlogging reviews is solely for the book vlogger who only does their thing through videos, instead of through a blog, but maybe there are some people who started out as bloggers who are moving into the practice. Is this the cse? Am I that far behind in the times?
What do you think of book vlogging? Do you vlog reviews – or have you ever thought about vlogging reviews?