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Ask Marilyn: Does Marilyn Consider the Opinions of Critics?

Krissa Cayle of Burke, Virginia, writes:

Marilyn: Do you ever consider the opinions of critics when deciding which books to read or which movies to watch?

Marilyn responds:

Yes, definitely! But not in the way you might be thinking. I read what critics say about books and movies only to learn more about the specific works. (You can't always tell enough by the author or actors or directors, etc. Certainly, you can't tell much from the advertising!) For example, a critic may extol certain elements of a movie that I know I would dislike. So when I read his or her comments, I learn that those elements are present, and that's helpful: I'll be less likely to spend time and money on that movie. Likewise, other critics may be disdainful of elements that I love, and I'll get more interested in the work.

Ask Marilyn: Does Marilyn Consider the Opinions of Critics?


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