Today, I'll be discussing Goodreads Choice 2018 winner: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One.
The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. Lovelace's collection encourages resilience and emboldens women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.
As it turns out, I'm in the minority with this one. In the name of honesty, I ask you all to bear with me.
I have A LOT of complaints about this one. For starters, let's talk about how this piece is considered "poetry." If you've picked up Lovelace's The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One and have also picked up other works in the poetry genre, you may agree with me when I say that this is NOT poetry. Throughout the piece, Lovelace shares several messages with readers. On some pages it's 5 words, on others it's a sentence or two. Regardless, the writing, structure, and messages conveyed are evidence that while this is an expression of the writer's emotions, it should not be classified under the poetry genre. (Let's not even discuss the fact that the collection won a Goodreads award under this category.)
Another reason I have a problem with The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One is that it's both badly written and incredibly repetitive. Every single message reads like the last, and because of this, the book quickly becomes dull and monotonous.
The biggest issue I have with this piece is that while some messages can be considered empowering, there are many that just appear bitter and resentful towards the entire male gender. While it's important as a woman to support other women, it's also important to remember that not all men are horrible and untrustworthy.
Because of Lovelace's generalizations, tone, and writing, I'd suggest skipping The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One and checking out other picks in women's literature and the poetry genre.
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