As someone who majored in English in college and went through plenty of peer review exercises and workshops, I’d like to give you all would-be reviewers a word of advice about reviewing. Lol. Of course, reviews are essentially opinions at best and everyone is a critic. But if I could improve your reviewing eyes so that you may offer feedback that would better benefit the author, I will. (In general, most reviews I’ve received/seen here have been pretty fair.)
Grammar/Spelling/Syntax/Mechanics/Punctuation/Commas/The English Freakin’ Language:
Unless the author specifically requested to have their language checked or the story requires heavy proofreading and you’re willing to go through all that, I really wouldn’t bother with this or have this hold significant weight to your grading. Grammar is something you learn and you probably don’t have a degree in English to teach it to someone anyway. Especially with comma splices. Commas can be tricky and the sentence may be grammatically correct with or without a comma. Don’t get all nit picky with this, especially since plenty of featured and popular stories have grammatical errors that don’t impact the story at all or subtract from the quality of the story. Don’t be a grammar nazi, is what I’m saying. Not cute.
Read the freakin’ story, twice if you have to:
Sounds simple, right? But I mean it. Sometimes I see reviews and the reviewer clearly did not read the story carefully because they got something wrong about the plot/character/what actually happened. Replay the episode. Just like how people reread actual literature (because you never get everything on the first read), rereading will help you with things you missed. Or record the episode you’re reviewing, because apparently you can do that. That way you can go back and reread without wasting a pass or whatever.
Don’t sound like a total b-word:
If you’re offering reviews you clearly want to help others.
Be constructive. In the words of Kim Kardashian, and the only thing I will ever quote from Kim Kardashian…
Here’s one method to not sound like a total b word.
Start with a positive aspect then move on to a negative (as in what you’re challenging)
“I like how you did xyz, nice work. Then I saw you did abc and that didn’t make sense to me.”
Rinse and repeat. You’re here to help Episode users, you’re not grading a thesis paper.
Really all I can think of. Comment if you think of anything else. Everyone’s a critic. Opinionate away. (<<<I know that’s not a word.)