Slamma has just submitted a single-word review, and is understandably concerned about whether it's going to be accepted or not.
Single-word reviews are the best! Some artists don't deserve any more than a one-word review, anyway... and some don't deserve anything less.
The great pity of reviewing is that you can't really go much further down than a single-word review. How would you write a review after that - using only punctuation?
That'd be a touch too ambiguous, even for this little reviewer.
What's good about a single-word reviews is you get an opportunity to respond in kind to a pithy title:
A Short History of the World, by H G Wells
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
Steal this Album, by System of a Down
Swear words can really come into their own:
It, by Stephen King
The trick, surely, would be to find an appropriate word that actually performed the task of reviewing without giving too much away about the book, something both adequately descriptive and adequately critical. Maybe some books would be too hard for even the English language, but when there exist words like antidisestablishmentarianism and supercallafragalisticexpialadocious waiting to be used, that seems doubtful.
Possible points of contention in writing single-word reviews:
- To what extent is punctuation allowable? A well-placed ellipsis can do wonders for content, while a few hyphens would allow you to join several words together into one for the purposes of a single-word review.
- Can one make words up?
- How would you go about editing a single-word review?
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