I always feel tempted to soften my declarative statements in my posts. Doesn’t matter what I’m writing about. The urge is there.
It’s partially to appease the masses. Even if I feel strongly about a series, and it just so happens most people seem to agree with my assessment, there’s still always going to be at least one naysayer nonetheless. There’s going to be someone who objects to my overall analysis for a particular title, guaranteed.
With that being said, no situation is black-and-white and no evaluation is unequivocal. Even the best series have shortcomings and even the worst series have merit. Claiming that a series is perfect or irredeemable would be disingenuous. Or so I tell myself.
“To a degree,” “probably,” “somewhat.” “To be fair,” “admittedly,” “however.” In an attempt to sound agreeable, I sprinkle these words and phrases throughout my posts or reviews like I’m seasoning a homecooked meal. Even if I dislike a series, I attempt to list out its admirable qualities. Even if I love a series, I try to point out flaws I noticed. But am I actually saying something? Am I truly being fair? Or am I being cowardly and not being honest with my beliefs?
Sometimes I wish I knew.