Saturday 24 November 2012
A solution to the endless 'dodgy five star review' problem!
This isn't another moan about not-very-good books having five stars and the reviews all being from their mates, incidentally.
I've had my say before on this one
....so I won't repeat myself. I'd just like to say this - reviewers, please look at what the stars actually mean before you post a review. If you hover over the stars on Amazon and on Goodreads, they show you what they indicate.
Anyway, whatever happened to the 3 star review? That quiet little cheeky one twiddling its thumbs, minding its own business in an average kind of way, in between 'it was fab' and 'it was crap'? Don't see many of these little fellas, do you?
Let's hear it for the 3 star review! Let's hear it for, "it was very good in parts, but I skip-read some of it, it wasn't quite my thing, but someone who loves this particular genre might lap it up. If it was given a professional edit I might have given it four stars. It was okay, fine, something pleasant enough to read on the beach that afternoon."
There, that's okay, isn't it? It doesn't mean the author will hunt you down and set fire to your house, or unfollow you on Twitter, does it?
Now, the solution!
I think this would be for Amazon to introduce more stars. I finished a book last night. I read every word, read it quickly, found it fascinating, but can't quite give it five stars, because that would put it up there with my favourite books, wouldn't it? Wish I could give it four and a half. So, how about a seven star scale? Wouldn't that be great? Wouldn't it be good if you could give six stars on the seven star scale - equivalent to the four and a half star review? Because that is what I think some five star reviews often are. I would give four and a half stars to the book I finished last night. So I'll give it five. Because it was better than a book to which I would have given four.
Amazon's new scale should be:
7 - Amazing, loved it, didn't want it to end, right up there with my favourites
6 - Seriously good stuff, will recommend, but not quite up there with my favourites
5 - Good, I enjoyed it.
4 - Good, a few dodgy bits, but on the whole it was pretty fair.
3 - Skip read it a bit. Not too bad if you like that sort of thing
2 - Boring, not very well written, hardly managed to struggle through to the end
1 - Badly written shite, gave up without finishing.
There! Wouldn't that be better?