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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Abuse of the Five Star Rating

Have you noticed that most reviewing sites overuse the five star rating? Go to most any product on Amazon, not just books, and you will see that there are more five star ratings than any other rating. Also notice the content of the review. How intelligent is it? Does it really make you think that it deserves that rating?
Think about the books you read. How many of those do you really think deserve five stars? Truly. In my opinion, the public has made the five star rating not special anymore, since they attach it to everything. I'm not saying you shouldn't be positive; I'm saying that not everything is good, because this world is imperfect.
I believe that the five star rating in reserved for only the best. I'm not saying the books we have rated five stars are the best books of all time. Our blog is not the end all. I'm just saying that I think we need to rethink the ratings we give out.
Now, you say that since we don't give out many five star awards, we have thrown tons of books onto the Elite List. Not really. Compare the number of books on the Elite List to the number on the Christian market. To the number of the books we have reviewed. Is it really that large now?
I'm glad we have many books on the Elite List. That shows that since the year 2000, a large influx of original books have been put on the market and they are selling.
There is a reason for that.
Prior to the times of originality, the majority of the readers on the market were women and children. Since this was true authors wrote for them wearing out those genres as the years went by. The male influence on the market has played a big part in the influx of originality as more speculative authors have found a fan base.
Now, I'm not saying that all males like originality. I can think of quite of few right now that don't. I can also think of some women and children who like suspense and horror. There are always exceptions to the rule.
Just something for you to chew on.

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