When I did the series about ratings last year, the issue of those readers who tend to give everything 4-5 stars was raised and the majority of commenters agreed they either take no notice of these reviews or take them with a pinch of salt.
At the time, I didn’t follow this up. Apparently going Teh Cray-Cray affected my ability to be snarky. Who knew such a thing was possible.
Recently, the topic came up again in off-line discussions with a friend and I found myself unable to resist. Oh, yes. I’m back. If somewhat part-timeish.
Anyways, the chat with my mate got me thinking about the high raters, beginning with the fangurls. Let’s face it, most of these people do the 5-star thing regardless of how sucky the work might be. You learn pretty quickly who they are and, just as fast, start to avoid them as much as possible.
You also get the authors and their buddy authors. You know who I mean? The authors who give their own books high ratings and their close friends who do the same and vice versa? Yeah. Just FYI; we readers tend to think those who do this look like total douches. Sorry *not really*, but it’s the truth.
Finally, there are the minions and the sock-puppets (ie the people who, with amazingly convenient spontaneity, magically appear to join goodreads, blogger, etc at just the ‘right’ time). They are the ones who go on the attack whenever another reader dares give their beloved anything less than 5 stars. Fuckwits. Seriously people get a life.
Besides, whether or not you have the public or private support of the author to cruise the internet like a mob of fruitcake lemmings with the obvious intention of wankfestery, the end result is that you actually make the person you’re trying to ‘protect’ come across as a dick. Well, you do. It turns other readers completely off. After all, who the hell wants to take the chance reading their work if they’re going to end up covered in flies like a pile of shit? The end.
So, what are your thoughts about this? Do you dis/agree? Are there any instances when you’ve felt obligated to give a higher rating to something? Speak. Or type. Whatever.
Those who dared:
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