I’ve been pondering ratings a lot lately. First, I was mad because I didn’t think five stars were adequate. Then Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction posted about changing her ratings, which got me thinking about changing mine. But what ultimately inspired this post has probably happened to you a time or two (hundred): I was
staring at a screen while checking Twitter writing a review, and even though I liked the book a lot and was entertained, I knew it had lots of flaws. Yes, the logical side of me knew that this was far from perfect. But from a “fun” perspective, I liked it anyway. How does one rate such a book? Yes, in my actual review, I can tell you both of those things- that I was entertained, and it was flawed. But if you’re just glancing at the stars? How do I do my fun side (heart) justice, while still ensuring that you, the readers, know that it does have issues (head)?
I think every reviewer and blogger operates on a sort of continuum. One end of the spectrum is head-only, the other is heart-only, and we all fall somewhere in the middle. I suppose the middle would be ideal but… that’s rare. And I think it’s good to know where people stand! So, for your reference, here’s me on the continuum:
I try to stay close to the middle, I do. But if I am being honest, I do veer a bit closer to the heart. I can’t help it, okay? I have a lot of emotions.
And now, thanks to the inspiration from Cait @ Paper Fury (because if it weren’t for her fun quizzes, this would be a crappy end-of-magazine-like list), a QUIZ!