The Professional & Consumer Merits of Writing Your Own Synopses – A Discussion

Being a book blogger is difficult, especially when you’re first starting out. I began writing reviews for books in 2015, however, I felt so intimidated by the process of the whole thing, that I took a break and didn’t return again until the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017. For me, one of the more challenging aspects of being a book reviewer, or a reviewer of any media content in general, was the physical act of writing a synopsis. Out of everything that went into being a content creator, that was, by far, the most frightening.

Since January 2017, writing a synopsis in my own words has become an extremely crucial part of the type of blogger I am, whether I am reviewing a book, manga, or cinema-related content. If I cannot write a simple handful of sentences that provides a basic understanding of the contents of the title in question, then how I am supposed to string together a cohesive and reliable review for said title?

Now, I know that I am very much in the minority with the subject matter of this discussion. I cannot count how many bloggers out there opt out of writing their own synopses. Instead they copy the summaries off of sites like GoodReads (GR) or My Anime List (MAL). So, the fact that I will be discussing why something like that is off-putting, as well as highly unprofessional, will no doubt rub many creators the wrong way. However, before I jump into the discussion, I do want to make a point of stating that my intention is not to point fingers or cause drama.

I have been blogging for the past two to three years, and my personal experiences as both a blogger and a consumer have shown me the impact of copying something as seemingly irrelevant as a synopsis, and how it plays a vital role in the content that is being created. I would also like to state that the opinions shared here are completely my own and you don’t have to agree with them. I respect that everyone has their own individual subjective beliefs and experiences, and I only ask for the same understanding in return. Positive and rational discourse on the topic is most-definitely welcomed.

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My Personal Experience with Synopsis Writing:

As I mentioned earlier, writing a synopsis, or a basic summary, of the narrative for a book that I had read or an anime that I had seen, used to intimidate me as a newbie reviewer. Firstly, I was utterly terrible at putting one together. They would either be ridiculously long-winded and too detailed, or they would not have enough information and that made them seem (in my own eyes) rather pointless. Some other reasons that synopses scared me included my fear of unintentionally including spoilers, ruining the shock value for certain stories, and having them differ drastically from other bloggers’ synopses.

Nevertheless, regardless of the numerous reasons that I had for not writing a synopsis, I never felt comfortable stealing one off GoodReads, even if I linked back to the original GR page/credited where I acquired the information. It made me feel ingenuine as a reviewer and it also made me feel like I was half-arsing the content I was creating; kind of like using a shortcut that made me take my work and my appreciation for the content less seriously. I hated that feeling just as much, if not more, than the feeling of being intimidated or too afraid to do something solely because I was bad at it. I would only suck at it if I never physically tried to get better, which wasn’t an option for me. I don’t like being bad at things that I have immense passion for.

Additionally, setting my passions aside, I didn’t want this to affect the professional quality of my work. Writing reviews and getting into the bookish industry, whether in publishing or working at libraries, is one of my biggest aspirations, and I wanted to excel at my work on a professional level. Copying a synopsis off places like GoodReads and MAL is not professional in the least. So, I began to write my own synopses.

The progress of getting started with it and forcing myself to write something based off entirely my own experiences and memory of the content consumed was appalling. More often than not, I found myself looking up certain details to ensure they weren’t spoilers, or to make sure that I wasn’t confusing one book with another. On top of that, my summaries were boring due to how lengthy they became. I felt discouraged, but I kept going and kept practising. With each new synopsis that I wrote, I became better and better. Now, I can write one within a handful of sentences with ease. The only exception is if the work has a super convoluted fucking storyline. Then I give the basic of information and provide a link to the respective page for anyone who wants it.

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Sharing Links vs Copying Information

This is something that I have seen lots of discussion on. Why is it okay to share a link to a book’s GR page, but not to copy a synopsis for it, even if it’s cited? Or why is it okay to link to a MAL page, but not use the MAL’s synopsis?

The first and (personally) most important reason I can offer is that it’s plagiarism. It is stealing the words written by another person, sometimes the marketing department of publishers, and then using it for your own benefit, especially if you have a monetised platform. On MAL, more often than the synopsis they share is contributed by regular people on the website, particularly if the website doesn’t have access to a legitimate synopsis straight from the anime publishers/producers/etc. Also, when you are citing GoodReads or MAL, you’re not properly citing the people responsible for writing the physical synopsis, which includes the writers of the books/anime/etc.

The second reason is that it is wholly impersonal and a waste of blog space. The information found on GR and MAL can be found by anyone if they run an internet search for the relative titles. By providing access to the links, you assist in saving the consumer’s time and energy, however, when you straight-up copy the information, it fluffs out the post for the sake of fluffing it out, and implies that the information shared is your own, or involves your own personal feelings about the title, which is dishonest.

As a consumer, a lot of the time, I will read a book review that provides a synopsis that isn’t cited until the very end of the post. When that happens, it makes me question everything else that I’ve read in the review up to that point, and whether it truly is an authentic representation of the person’s perspective on the story consumed.

There are professional reasons that content creators should write their own reviews, as well as reasons that apply to the consumers who visit your spaces looking for information so they can make an informed decision on whether to invest in the books or media that we’re talking about. Let’s take a look at those. I will use books as the main example to keep things simple.

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Reviewer/Content Creator

💠 Plagiarism: I’ve already touched base with the first one. If a person can copy a synopsis, then they can copy a full review from another individual. While this isn’t that common, it has happened. I have seen reviews on GoodReads written by amazing people who choose to review solely on GR, have their content stolen and pasted on blogs who then claim that work as their own. It’s dishonest, lazy, and unreliable, not to mention extremely fucking wrong.

💠 Professionalism: It is extremely unprofessional to read someone else’s words on a personal book review that is supposed to be based off of a single person’s experiences and responses with the title in question. If you read a review from a source such as The New York Times, you will see that the basic outline of what happens in the narrative is never copied; it is always stated in the reviewer’s own words. Sometimes key phrases may be taken, but never the entire synopsis. It illustrates a callous disregard for the quality of the review being written and can be indicative of them either not understanding, or not wanting, to really discuss the work in question.

💠 Individuality: A synopsis can be the gateway to help other content creators in understanding how a reviewer process the books that they read. Every reader who reads the same title experiences it differently, and this can be exhibited in the synopses written. For the novel An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Person A can say, “It’s about a brown-skinned girl who was oppressed, but discovers she has badass powers that she then uses to try and save her family.” Person B can say, “It’s a fantasy story inspired by South Asian culture that revolves around strong females on different sides of a political shitstorm who are trying to do what’s right by their experiences.” Person C can say, “It’s about a girl and a boy on opposite sides of a war, set in a South Asian-inspired, fantasy world, where they have to fight everything that they’ve been taught so they bring peace to the realm, which includes their feelings for one another.” Each of those synopses is different in its own way and reveals the different ways an individual reader absorbs the same narrative. This is especially important when it comes to diverse books and #OwnVoices reviews of those books (e.g.: a Chinese teen reviewer who reviews a Chinese YA story).

💠 Takes out marketing bullshite: Snippets provided via the publisher are written to be charming and to draw readers into the things they are trying to sell. Because of that, they can be unreliable themselves. I have read many books where the synopsis was nothing like the actual, physical story that unfolded. It infuriated me. By sharing the happenings in our own words, we are providing more authentic and sincere information about the things that we are reviewing, without having to worry about it being some marketing gimmick.

💠 Helps you consistently improve as a blogger and a writer: Learning how to write a synopsis and then practising it over and over and over again with every book that I read helped me become great at writing them. I was horrendous at pulling together a synopsis when I began. Saying that a reviewer doesn’t like writing a synopsis because they’re terrible at them isn’t really a good reason because they can always improve if they’re willing to put in the hard work. Synopses writing also helped me learn how to be more succinct with blogging. It taught me where I needed to be more detailed and where I could be a bit vague; it showed me how to avoid talking about spoilers while still allowing myself to discuss critical elements; and most of it all, it helped me find a comfortable blogging voice and rhythm that is uniquely my own.

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💠 Spoiler-Free! Snippets that are on the inside flaps of books or the back covers tend to say way too much shit, especially in the past five to ten years. When I look at a book with an interesting title, I don’t want to know every single thing that will occur. The most basic and simplified idea is best, that way there is room for me to be shocked and space for me to become completely invested in the tale. Writing my own synopsis, has taught me how to pay attention to the stories that I read so that when I do concoct my own summaries, I know exactly what to avoid and how to keep things basic. Most readers and consumers (myself included) don’t want spoilers when we look up reviews. We want the gist of the what the book has to offer such as good/bad writing, world-building, familial dynamics, some cool themes, and a vague idea of what to expect from the narrative.

💠 Harmful content warnings: While trigger warnings are very slowly starting to make their appearance within a book, we still need to rely on a reviewer to tell us whether the book has content that will be construed as offensive or harmful. A couple of book reviewers that I follow, place the content warnings into their synopses towards the start of their reviews, and it makes a world of difference to me as a consumer. Immediately, just from those warnings, I will know if the book is something comfortable for me, or if I even need to read the rest of the review because of it. If I know a book has graphic scenes of rape, for example, via domestic situations, I will avoid it at all costs. That’s a trigger I cannot handle. When it’s brought up, I can take comfort in knowing that I can pass those books up and move on to the next TBR treat.

💠 Variety: I will admit something: if a review has a snippet that is taken off GR, I won’t read it, most of the time. The only exceptions I make are for close, personal friends, and even then, they have to be chatting about a book that I’m really interested in. It is boring, unimaginative, and excruciatingly repetitive. I don’t want to read the same fucking snippet three or four times. I like to read multiple reviews for a book to gauge the different ways its been perceived. As I’ve already mentioned above, everybody reacts differently to the same stories. This helps me get a better comprehension of the title and whether it’s worth investing my time and energy into it. When you have TBRs that are taller than Mount Fuji, you have to find a way to balance that stuff out. Different synopses help keep things fresh and they add variety to a consumer’s research, which is far more important than it may seem.

💠 Discover new bloggers/content creators: Before I ever became a content creator myself, I read blog posts. I had subscribed to many different bloggers and would thrive off their content. It helped me gain more confidence when it came time for me to start my own dive into blogging, but it also helped me maintain a list of reliable sources to turn to when I went shopping after payday, upon paying my bills, to spend my fun money on books and anime. People who take the time to write their own synopses, usually have far more entertaining and insightful posts across the board outside of the review posts. They also tend to think outside of the box and create unique content. I find them to be highly intelligent and engaging, and usually the comments section on their blogs will help me find more similar bloggers. It’s a kooky kind of chain that is pretty amazing. If a reviewer copies content, then I know to avoid them because then I will more than likely not enjoy their content, or take them as seriously, nearly as much as others.

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My only real exception to writing a personalised synopsis (as a consumer, not a creator) would have to be TBR/W posts or posts that involve unread books and unwatched media. At that point, there is no familiarity there to base the synopsis off of.  Most of the time, however, I will skim the titles and ignore the snippets. Once I have the titles, I can just Google the media myself. Nevertheless, as a content creator who is writing their own TBR/W type posts, I will skim the synopsis (avoiding all of the spoilery or over-detailed stuff) and still try to throw together an uncomplicated idea of what the titles are about, or I will avoid writing a snippet entirely and just provide a link to the GR/MAL pages. I won’t fill my post with unnecessary fluff that can be found literally anywhere else.

With that, I bring my ginormous discussion of why content creators should write their own synopses to a close. I know that a lot of people may be pissed off or feeling negatively upon reading this novel-sized chat. Nonetheless, my goal isn’t to attack anyone. My personal feelings are quite strong on the subject and I felt like sharing these thoughts with you all. Sir Betrothed referred to synopsis copying as my pet peeve, and honestly, they wouldn’t be too far off the mark. I suppose it’s a concept I don’t understand, and I feel that it is a waste of some amazing potential out there.

I am open to positive and rational discourse. Come chat with me and help me understand why you choose to write a synopsis, or you choose to copy them, or anything else you may have to say on the matter. I only ask that you do so respectfully. I’m always willing to learn and listen so that I can comprehend opinions outside of my own beliefs, as long as they aren’t laced with hate. Thanks.

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37 thoughts on “The Professional & Consumer Merits of Writing Your Own Synopses – A Discussion

  1. This is a really interesting angle that no one really approaches—thanks for sticking your neck out like that!

    In every single review I’ve written, I’ve always made my own synopsis for it. I think my reasoning goes back to how you mentioned that if I can’t summarize the series in a few sentences, how can I expect to understand it let alone review it? Pride is part of it, but I think my viewing experience comes full circle only after I’m able to fully recap the series in my own words.

    That said, the synopsis part of a review is also the hardest for me. So many shows that I’ve wanted to talk about I skipped just because I couldn’t muster the words necessary for a summary. That’s why now, before writing, I’ll hop on over to MAL and Wikipedia, read their summaries, then look away and try to write what I can.

    I like to say I’ve gotten better at the art, but there’s still room for improvement!

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    • Thank you! I went back and forth on it a bit on whether I should actually share it. I’m glad that I did. 🙂

      I feel exactly the same way, that my viewing–or reading–experience comes full circle after I’ve written the snippet in my own words. It helps me cement my thoughts and feelings on it that much better, and also works as a guide for the rest of the review that follows. I feel if I gave up when writing synopses intimidated me, I would never learn what the connection between the content I consume and my experience with would feel like. It’s such a great feeling, I’m glad i stuck with it.

      Anime and cinema synopses are still very difficult for me to write, especially with finding a balance. I tend to look at other reviewers and see what they had to say. It helps my brain flesh out whatever I’m struggling with, and I make sure that when I do that I link to the respective blogger who’s inspired me. I know there’s still definitely improvements for me to make in that regard, but I welcome it. 🙂

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your experiences.

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  2. You’ve made lots of interesting points, Neha! As I’m sure you know, I do use the Goodreads synopses when reviewing books. I guess I do that for a couple of reasons – I have a terrible memory, so I often can’t remember what happens in a book even a week after I’ve read it (let alone what the main characters names are!) so it is just a lot easier for me to use the synopsis. I’m also, to be quite blunt, very lazy. If an okay synopsis is on Goodreads, for me it feels like a misuse of my time to be re-wording it for my blog. I also think it’s sometimes interesting to use the ‘proper’ synopsis of a book and then contrast it to my thoughts – e.g. in my recent review of In at the Deep End, I contrasted the buzzwords in the synopsis (romp, raunchy, etc.) to what I thought (that it was a funny but hard-hitting read).

    However, I am totally taking on board your comments about where to place the trigger warnings. I think I usually put them at the end of the post because I didn’t know where else to put them, but you’re right, I should put them after the synopsis. Thanks for bringing this up, I hadn’t considered it before.

    Hearing about your pet peeves is really interesting. What other blogging-related ones do you have?


    • The only “proper” synopsis would be the one the publisher uses on the back or inside jacket of the book. But in the review process the proper one is what the book meant to you. Have you tried writing down your thoughts as you are reading for recall later?

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    • My memory tends to be pretty bad too, or my brain gets confused with complex stories. One of the things that I do, which I think someone else mentioned below, is to take notes while I’m reading so that I have something to refer back to when I get ready to do my reviews. I’ll confess that speaking out a synopsis is much harder for me (like on BookTube) than writing one for my blog, but practise is the only reason I came to find common ground with it. For BookTube, I just don’t do face-to-camera book reviews any more. They’re more podcast style, which has helped immensely for my anxiety.

      My personal experience with it, after lots and lots of review writing–and I say this as someone who is also very lazy–is that putting together my own synopsis actually takes me less time than it would to copy a GR one and format it into my review. Again, this is a wholly personal thing. I have literally clocked myself doing it a few times for out of sheer curiosity and it saves me a good five or ten minutes, depending on the book (or anime) and size of the synopsis. Not to mention, I always have to edit out all of the spoiler stuff on GR/MAL ones, which is furthermore not worth the effort to me.

      I actually don’t have a lot of blogging pet peeves, but this is one I felt passionately enough about to create a discussion on it. If the others ever reach that point, I’ll probably make a post about them as well.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and provide your personal insights into the topic. I appreciate it.

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  3. Excellent and daring post, I appreciate your willingness to stick to your guns and let people know why it is important to try and write your own synopsis. As a consumer I don’t want to read the same thing I can just look up on another site, I want to know in your own words what the book/anime/what have you meant to you as the reviewer. Thank you for sharing and keep it up!

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    • Thank you so much for your support!

      As a consumer, I also vehemently concur with you. Reading the same thing that I can just Google (or Bing–do people still do that?) over and over again can become immensely frustrating, and makes me not want to engage with the content; this was all before I ever became a blogger. I used my experiences as a consumer to mould my blog, and reviews to stay specific to the topic, so I think because I’ve always had issues with it, being a content creator has only exasperated my frustrations with it, if that makes sense.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment! ♥

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  4. Great post!
    I perfectly understand your point of you even if I tend to use synopsis from MAL on my post. I do give credit and I always put it into quotation mark to show that it’s not my words. The reason why I do this it’s cause I always struggle to summarize something without giving away any spoilers.

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    • Yeah, avoiding spoilers is something I still struggle with, especially with anime/drama/cinema content, so I do completely understand that. I feel it’s even harder when you have a super complex plot, where listing even the name of one character can actually be a spoiler later on in the series.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate it. 🙂

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  5. I also always make it a point to write my own synopsis for reviews, and I find reviews that simply copy the back’s blurb/the synopis on GR (or wherever else) to be extremely off-puting as well. I want to know what people thought of the book, in their own words, not what I can easily get from any given website. As you’ve mentioned, someone’s individuality can really shine through when people write their own synopsis.

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    • Yes! I have a couple of book blogger friends who had read the same book and their snippets were so different from one another. It was very intriguing because, not only does it show their uniqueness as bloggers, as you mentioned, but it gives insight into what they thought about it persoanlly. One person referred to some harmful content in their synopsis, while the other touched base on a specific theme. I love that; it shows how multi-faceted individuality is, and it’s one of the things that made me want to be a blogger.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I’m very appreciative.

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  6. The reason I follow you is explained perfectly in this blog, you are human and it shows through your writing. I have decided to follow only blogs I will read every time they are posted, this shows it is a good decision. Great blog!

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  7. I can’t say that I’ve ever been put of by people using Mal synopses on their posts, but I’ve never done it myself for a lot of the reasons you describe. I’ve always written posts so I can get a better understanding of what I’ve just watched, though I do check with other synopses to make sure it’s somewhat consistent and didn’t interpret what I saw incorrectly.

    This is a great post, Neha 😁.

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    • I also double-check my synopsis sometimes when I’m not sure if I’ve captured things correctly. I know I did that when I wrote a review for the anime series Code Geass. It was one of my first anime reviews and I wasn’t sure how to word everything properly. I ended up scrapping the review because I wanted to take a totally different direction, but the point is, that it can be hard sometimes. There is a science-fiction book called The Fifth Season that everyone who reviewed it gave away the biggest spoiler for it because they copied the synopsis off GR, or mentioned the big twist right off the bat, and it killed my interest for it. That’s why I practise writing it so much, even if I don’t review the book/cinema title, I’ll write a synopsis down to keep myself practising. I’ve learned that being vague isn’t a bad thing either.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was a difficult post to write, but one I feel very passionate about. 🙂 🙂

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  8. Writing the synopsis is my favourite part of writing reviews. Not only does it allow me to use my very few creative skills but I find it helps to contextualize the review for readers who have seen the show. That one paragraph will show them my personal take aways and impressions on a series which will make my subsequent thoughts easier to understand in contrast of their own experiences….

    Like if I got into my drinking game to much and half the plot went over my head, they’ll be able to tell right away 🙂

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    • Absolutely, and it’s one of the reasons you’re a fave aniblogger of mine. It really fits your persona and the individuality of your blog. I respect that and admire that a lot. 🙂

      That’s another great thing you pointed out. For people who’ve already seen the anime (or read a book), the way you write the synopsis can contextualise the material in very engaging ways. I’ve noticed that when this happens, it helps open up new lines of thought that probably hadn’t occurred to me before.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, Irina. I really appreciate. Also, Sir Betrothed is trying to convince me to do a drink-and-review type o’ post. I may have to refer to you on that since I don’t know much about booze at all, haha. 😉

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  9. I think you made some great points there and I mostly agree with them. When I copy the synopsis from Goodreads, I do feel as if I’m coping out or being lazy. In many cases, I am. However, I do read them first to make sure they actually discuss what happens in the story. Sometimes the synopsis on Goodreads doesn’t do a great job of stating what the story is about or it gives too much away. In those cases, I often just write my own.
    It is hard to write one’s own synopsis, especially of long, detailed books. I agree that a person can get better with practice because I did too, but these days I totally just cop out and post what’s on Goodreads. However, you post here has made me want to challenge myself a bit and start writing my own synopsis again (or at least do it more often than I usually do). When I just started my blog, my intention was to always write my own synopsis because the one on Goodreads, which is often the same as what appears on the book cover, does not always give me the details I want. I’d always get those details from bloggers who wrote their own synopsis, so I wanted to do the same. Obviously, I’ve deviated from that goal since starting the blog, but I’d like to shimmy back to it.

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    • I’m glad that my discussion makes you want to challenge yourself a bit more and try to get back to trying to write your own synopses. It really does make a world of difference for so many reasons. I wish you all the best with that.

      Thanks for taking the time share your thoughts and experiences. 🙂

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  10. Isn’t using someone else’s synopsis a kind of summary plagiarism? (That’s a pun.)

    If you want to use the MAL synopsis, you need to attribute. Of course, if you just take the MAL synopsis and reword it, you haven’t given me anything I didn’t already know. Why should I read your review on top of all my other reading? I feel a tiny bit cheated.

    I admit I don’t remember all the character’s names. I don’t do that for people either so I shouldn’t expect to be any better at that in anime. Instead, I’ll go hit up the wiki site for a name. The plot and thematic elements I can usually keep straight if it is interesting.

    I’ll usually watch an anime twice, once for the plot and once for screenshots and anything I might have missed the first time. Constantly stopping for screen grabs disrupts the flow.

    Lately, my creative and analytical juices just have not been flowing. I can see it in my writing.

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    • I’m so terrible with remembering characters’ names as well. I almost always have to look up the names. Unless I’m ranting about how terrible the show was. Then I’ll just give them a nickname of sorts since it fits the ranting.

      I love to re-watch anime. I feel that the second impression is always more valuable than the first one, and as you’ve said, it makes it easier to get the screenshots without disrupting the flow whilst watching the first time around.

      I took a break (quite a few breaks over the past few months) because my creativity was so lacking. I say take your time and don’t worry too much about being absent. I’ll be here waiting for you when you return and feel more comfortable/better about your writing. 🙂


  11. For the (very few) reviews I have, I’ve written my own synopses because of your “copping out” reason, but to be honest, I’d never thought of plagiarism ramifications.

    I tend to forget about trigger warnings but I do have a tl;dr and “anything else?” at the end of my reviews which tends to cover the same kind of ground, if it’s not being retroactively added.

    The first thing I do when I hear of some type of media I’ve never heard of before, anime, manga or whatever, is to Google it and/or read the synopsis provided on the page I discovered it on. This way, if I encounter something I don’t want to encounter again (for instance, UzaMaid from last year), I can dodge it, and that automatically means I can skip future encounters with a copied synopsis as well.

    The only flaw with knowing what stuff is the occasional “confusing similar things” scenario like Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale and Pastel Memories (both winter 2019 shows about CGDCT based off a game of some kind), so if I get pissed off at how much I get confused and they’re both available to me, I just toss them both onto my PTW…

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    • Yeah, for most media I consume, I like to know very little about it, so I purposely avoid looking it up if I can, unless I need to for a specific reason. I’ve been learning that I’m slightly in the minority for that kind of thing, which isn’t a bad thing, just interesting to me.

      I don’t think I’ve heard of or seen anything on Bermuda Triangle, and if they’re based off games, I might avoid them, at least for now.

      Thanks for sharing your processes and thoughts. It means a lot to me. 🙂


  12. Not gonna lie, I have never considered just copying or linking to MAL, MDL (MyDramaList), etc as plagiarism. I also didn’t fully realize those descriptions were submitted by fans until for MDL I started writing them myself! I don’t feel the need to defend myself, but the times I copied I was more or less trying to jump into writing without forgetting to talk story, etc. Retrospectively, I’ve held off on reviewing things exactly because I couldn’t write a synopsis. Was I actually paying attention to a story or just want to be the first one to comment on it? There’s more self reflection to be done on my part, but seeing the differences you articulated here is really important.

    You’ve articulated a lot of good points and I’m really glad you took the time to write about them throughly!

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    • I’ve been studying plagiarism quite a bit in-depth for one of my classes, and that’s when I made the co-relation between the two. I even had a discussion with my teacher and another blogger about it. Once we started chatting, it started to make a whole lot more sense as an act of plagiarism. So, that’s probably more from an academic POV than a professional one.

      I’ll admit that writing a synopsis for anime is what gets me the most. Sometimes I will hold off on writing a review for weeks or even a month because I can’t get the synopsis right (in my head or to fit my review). That’s when I learned to write out the rest of my review regardless so that i don’t lose the points I originally wanted to discuss, and then I can mould the synopsis around that to an extent. It has helped me out quite a bit. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me! Appreciate it very much. ♥

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      • Ohh~ That actually sounds like a really intersting point to articulate in a class. I had the ‘don’t do it, have someone double check if you’re not sure’ but not in-depth between a teacher and such. I’ve always considered academic and professional to be linked, you have to source an academic paper to be published, and vice versa. That might just be my opinion though.

        It’s so difficult! I’ve been doing better to at least jot down crib notes for what I want to say. I have a hard time doing things ‘out of order’ so to speak. But I’ll take this into more consideration in the future!

        You’re so welcome! Having these discussions is so intersting!


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  16. Writing your own synopsis is the way to go. It always comes across as super lazy when I see people just copying and pasting. There are even a few sites that a bulk of the “reviews” they offer are just a copy + paste and maybe a sentence or two. What does that even contribute?

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  17. YES to everything you said!! When i started blogging i’m pretty sure i just copied stuff from MAL #thehorror and even to this day I always feel like i can’t write a summary well (don’t even get me started on my actual review #rip). i always worry that i’ve added spoilers, even if they’re minor, since i’m not one of those people that blow up at spoilers. after a while of blogging i started writing my own summaries and i like to think i’ve gotten better at it? i can’t be too sure xD

    whenever i visit book bloggers, the summaries are one of the first things that turn me off. i’ll usually just skip it and i won’t be as invested in the review because reviewers tend to just jump into their thoughts after that. i guess the only time i don’t mind is if i have read the book and know what’s going on or if it’s such a well-known title that i know the basic premise.

    great post!!

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    • I honestly find that most synopsis given on the backs/insides of books and similar for cinema things always gives away too much information. I’m the kind of person who loathes spoilers. In fact, I don’t like knowing very much at all about a book going into it so I don’t risk creating any preconceptions. I want the story to speak to me as much as it can without taint (if that makes sense), and that’s another reason when people steal synopses it frustrates me.

      I agree that it can be difficult to write your own synopsis, especially if something has a complex plot to it. My only advice is to keep trying. You will get better with each one and one day it will become natural. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting and sharing your experiences. ♥


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