This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
One lonely star: the most dreaded rating throughout the blogosphere. For authors it means someone hated the book they wrote, for bloggers it means they had to suffer through something they really hated. One star ratings aren’t fun to give out: some people just don’t give them out altogether. There have been many posts on one star ratings and how they are “hurtful” and shouldn’t be given out. Aside from the point I’m going to make later on, I’d just like to say that this is a free country and so everyone can give out one star ratings, just as everyone can decide not to do that. Today I’d like to focus on another angle when it comes to the dreaded one star: the importance of the one star rating.
Before I begin, I would like to say that everyone can do with the one star rating whatever they want. If you don’t like to give them out and so leave those books unrated, that’s fine by me. If you don’t feature negative reviews on your blog because you want it to be a positive space, that’s awesome. Everyone should do what works best for them and I’m genuinely happy for you if you managed to find out what that is.
For me, the one star rating is indispensable. I don’t like to give them out, because it means I read a really horrible book, but I most certainly whip out the lonely star if I want to. And, to be honest, when I’m really really angry about something it feels pretty good to rant away in an extremely long and detailed review. But that aside, because that doesn’t really have to do with the rating itself. The one star rating, for me, is a way of organizing. I keep track of all the books I read and I always rate them. If I see I’ve been giving that one author just one star ratings, I’m less inclined to pick up their books in the future. Good for me, so I don’t have to suffer through another. Probably good for the author as well, because it means one (possible) one star rating less.
But what it’s really about is buying books. Unfortunately, I don’t have unlimited money (how nice that would be, though). I’m sixteen years old. I don’t have a job. I’m saving money for college and my driver’s permit. That means I can’t buy as many books as I’d like to. (Though, when I’m completely honest, I’d like to buy every single book ever published. And then store them in my own library. How awesome that would be.) Which means that the books I do buy, I want to count. All the physical books on my shelf I want to be four stars and above. I want my money to go to authors I really like, whose books I really like. I do not want to waste money on books I absolutely loathe. And this is were the one star rating comes in handy. I don’t always read the reviews (as I’ve explained previously here), but if I see a lot of my friends giving that book one star, you can bet I won’t waste my money on it. Because usually, my friends are right, and when they dislike a book I’m very likely to do so too.
What’s your opinion on one star ratings? Do you think they’re important?
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