Inaccuracies?

Discuss the September 2017 Book of the Month, Bluewater Walkabout: Into Africa: Finding Healing Through Travel by Tina Dreffin.


View Bluewater Walkabout on Bookshelves

View Bluewater Walkabout on Amazon
User avatar
Gravy
Gravymaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 31949
Joined: 27 Aug 2014, 02:02
2018 Reading Goal: 65
2017 Reading Goal: 60
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 67
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 78
Favorite Author: Seanan McGuire
Favorite Book: As many as there are stars in the sky
Currently Reading: Black
Bookshelf Size: 889
fav_author_id: 3249

Inaccuracies?

Post by Gravy » 05 Sep 2017, 02:21

As a travelogue, how accurate do you think a book like this should be? How much research should go into it? Deep, basic, or whatever you want to do. If you find an inaccuracy, does it turn you off the book?

Personally, I think they should be reasonably accurate, and I do get turned off if I find an inaccuracy. Especially ones that would be easy to prevent.

What about you?
"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

User avatar
AliceofX
Posts: 347
Joined: 27 Feb 2017, 06:01
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 371
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-aliceofx.html
Latest Review: SSN Seadragon by J P Ronald
Reading Device: B00ICPVSYC

Post by AliceofX » 05 Sep 2017, 03:58

In non-fiction books, I find inaccuracies a big red flag. It makes me doubt the validity of the entire book because if this is one thing that I do know is wrong then how many more wrong things are there that I'm just not aware of?

User avatar
Amagine
Posts: 5441
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
2017 Reading Goal: 400
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 45
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Bookshelf Size: 726
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amagine.html
Latest Review: "Salome and Gogo visit Soweto" by Cora Groenewald
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
fav_author_id: 3251

Post by Amagine » 05 Sep 2017, 05:17

It turns me off if it is a huge mistake. If it's barely noticeable or I'm too entranced by the plot of the book, then it doesn't bother me much.
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." -A.A Milne

"I am grateful for all the books that sparked my imagination." -Unknown
Latest Review: "Salome and Gogo visit Soweto" by Cora Groenewald

User avatar
MarisaRose
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1299
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 64
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 400
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 665">Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</a>
Currently Reading: The Sleepwalker
Bookshelf Size: 325
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-marisarose.html
Latest Review: A yard full of Wonder by Jean McCarthy
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by MarisaRose » 05 Sep 2017, 06:15

I agree that inaccuracies are a big turn off for me. If I spot something that doesn't add up, or that I know is flat out wrong, it makes me questions the rest of the book. Unfortunately, it can really take you out of that immersive story telling and make you question everything else in the book - significantly distracting from the enjoyability of the rest of the story.
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6047
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 81
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 222
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: Iridescent by Ryan Roberts

Post by kandscreeley » 05 Sep 2017, 07:40

I guess there is a difference between inaccuracies and mistakes. I agree inaccuracies are big turn offs. However, everyone makes mistakes. So, you can't discount the whole book just because a mistake has been made.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Ljessup
Posts: 190
Joined: 03 Nov 2016, 08:49
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 55
Bookshelf Size: 64
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ljessup.html
Latest Review: "That Place of Knowledge" by Philip Alan Shalka

Post by Ljessup » 05 Sep 2017, 17:53

Amagine wrote:It turns me off if it is a huge mistake. If it's barely noticeable or I'm too entranced by the plot of the book, then it doesn't bother me much.

I agree, Amagine. If I am engrossed in the plot then I will probably read on without focusing on the mistake, but if it is largely noticeable I will have trouble focusing throughout the rest of the book!
Latest Review: "That Place of Knowledge" by Philip Alan Shalka

User avatar
Gravy
Gravymaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 31949
Joined: 27 Aug 2014, 02:02
2018 Reading Goal: 65
2017 Reading Goal: 60
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 67
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 78
Favorite Author: Seanan McGuire
Favorite Book: As many as there are stars in the sky
Currently Reading: Black
Bookshelf Size: 889
fav_author_id: 3249

Post by Gravy » 05 Sep 2017, 19:31

kandscreeley wrote:I guess there is a difference between inaccuracies and mistakes. I agree inaccuracies are big turn offs. However, everyone makes mistakes. So, you can't discount the whole book just because a mistake has been made.
I agree. Mistakes are mistakes, and we all make them.
What I mean here are literal inaccuracies, like getting the name of a place wrong, or mistranslating something. Things that would be easy to research, but have been left inaccurate. Makes me feel like there's a lack of respect for the subject at hand.
"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

User avatar
shish_by_design
Posts: 248
Joined: 07 Mar 2017, 02:44
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 38
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 66">Strong Heart</a>
Currently Reading: Chains
Bookshelf Size: 40
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-shish-by-design.html
Latest Review: "For Beau" by Simon Gandossi
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by shish_by_design » 06 Sep 2017, 10:39

It should be highly accurate hence deep research. I wouldn't enjoy reading a book that mentions an aspect of a town i'd lived in and It wasn't true.
Latest Review: "For Beau" by Simon Gandossi

User avatar
CatInTheHat
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 2076
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
2018 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 90
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 98
Favorite Book: Cry the Beloved Country
Currently Reading: Rogue Captain
Bookshelf Size: 468
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-catinthehat.html
Latest Review: Lunch Money by Roger M. Cullen
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU
Publishing Contest Votes: 0

Post by CatInTheHat » 07 Sep 2017, 08:46

Non-fiction should be highly accurate. In a book like "Bluewater Walkabout", I recognize that there is much that is subjective because it's based on personal experiences but factual information still needs to be accurate.
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.

User avatar
katiesquilts
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 578
Joined: 20 Aug 2015, 20:10
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2017 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 120
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 64
Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones
Bookshelf Size: 614
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-katiesquilts.html
Latest Review: Simon Says by William Poe

Post by katiesquilts » 10 Sep 2017, 03:01

I tend to believe whatever I read and take things at face value, especially if it's about a topic I've never learned about before. If the name of a town changed once or twice in the entire book, I might be confused but it wouldn't slow me down much. If it were something I personally had knowledge of, however, I'd be completely thrown out of the zone and wouldn't enjoy the book very much.

User avatar
Lest92
Posts: 298
Joined: 21 Jan 2017, 18:30
Currently Reading: Oil and Marble
Bookshelf Size: 200
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lest92.html
Latest Review: Ocean Echoes by Sheila Hurst

Post by Lest92 » 11 Sep 2017, 10:12

I won't be able to enjoy the book as much if I spot inaccuracies. Things like that bother me though I try not to care so much about little flops.

User avatar
EveS523
Posts: 70
Joined: 24 Aug 2017, 15:43
2018 Reading Goal: 15
2017 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 40
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 60
Currently Reading: Two by Two
Bookshelf Size: 30
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-eves523.html
Latest Review: Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Post by EveS523 » 11 Sep 2017, 15:41

In non-fiction it needs to be completely accurate. In fiction there can be made up locations but if recognizable locations are used I think that they should be relatively accurate - not confusing places in the US with Africa with Asia.

charlesjr2
Posts: 146
Joined: 10 Mar 2017, 10:37
2017 Reading Goal: 15
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 13
Bookshelf Size: 11
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-charlesjr2.html
Latest Review: "Escape" by Belle Ami

Post by charlesjr2 » 11 Sep 2017, 23:16

I think inaccuracies in books can turn off sometimes. But they are some inaccuracies that I just try to understand and just get on with my book.
Latest Review: "Escape" by Belle Ami

User avatar
Btowntheatregal
Posts: 30
Joined: 05 Sep 2017, 13:47
Currently Reading: Never Let Me Go
Bookshelf Size: 151
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-btowntheatregal.html
Latest Review: "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole

Post by Btowntheatregal » 13 Sep 2017, 12:45

I think it depends. If there are glaring geographical or historical inaccuracies, that is an immediate turn off because I wonder then how much I can trust what I am reading. However, if what I deem to potentially be an inaccuracy is really the way something was seen or experienced through the lens of their life experiences, I am much more open to moving forward with the book.
Latest Review: "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole

User avatar
Kinnera
Posts: 166
Joined: 08 Jun 2017, 08:22
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Currently Reading: Escape
Bookshelf Size: 63
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kinnera.html
Latest Review: "A Faithful Son" by Michael Scott Garvin

Post by Kinnera » 17 Sep 2017, 11:00

MarisaRose wrote:I agree that inaccuracies are a big turn off for me. If I spot something that doesn't add up, or that I know is flat out wrong, it makes me questions the rest of the book. Unfortunately, it can really take you out of that immersive story telling and make you question everything else in the book - significantly distracting from the enjoyability of the rest of the story.
Same here. When I know something is inaccurate, I keep wondering about what else is, and it takes away from my enjoyment of the book.
Latest Review: "A Faithful Son" by Michael Scott Garvin

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "Bluewater Walkabout: Into Africa" by Tina Dreffin”