5 Reasons To Pan Those 5-Star Reviews

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Image – iStockphoto: Falzbeil

5 Rights May Not Fix A 1-Star Wrong

The absolute deluge of perfect ratings suggests we have a big issue in giving honest literary feedback.

Daryl Rothman
Daryl Rothman

Author Daryl Rothman wrote a guest post, Are 5-Star Book Reviews Bad For Sales? earlier this summer at the site of author and editor K.M. Weiland. His points bear serious consideration.

In his piece, Rothman takes a stand that will be unpopular with many in the books world: when everything gets a 5-star rating, the honor no longer means anything. The stars are worthless. Like “two thumbs up — waaaaaaay up.”

We’re talking something that goes well beyond books and publishing, of course. For years, professional critics at major newspapers, in particular, fought hard to keep star-ratings out of their reviews. Not only do these systems diminish readership for critiques, themselves (people just count the stars and go) but they also reduce cultural events to commodities. This logic has little sway over advertisers who want to sponsor a star rating because it’s “easy” (or worse, “E-Z”) to use in making that snap judgment

If you come from an arts background, you know that applying the same rating to a novel and a lawn mower is like mild Kafka.

Read the full story at Thought Catalog

By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson

Writing on the Ether: 5 Reasons To Pan Those 5-Star Reviews

Originally published by Thought Catalog at www.ThoughtCatalog.com

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