Discussion: 1-Star Reviews
Kel Monday, December 01, 2014 discussionI don't give out 1-star's very often. In nearly a year of blogging, there have only been 4. Which is kind of surprising. This past month alone I read at least one or two books I would have been fine not reading. Why then is my 1-star count so low, I puzzled.
I thought about it long and hard...*two minutes later*...and I realized the key lay in my Rating System. In short:
A ton of work goes into writing a book, never mind the editing, marketing and all the other cogs of the publishing machine. I have a huge amount of respect for authors and, as such, I only give out 1-stars as a last resort. Even if the characters, plot and writing are sub-par, you still have a shot at a 2-star "okay" rating. When I give 1 star, it means I actively disliked the book while reading and, upon finishing, wished I hadn't read it.
That's some pretty heavy stuff, which is why I also try to keep my 1-star reviews a little humorous. Usually dry, sarcastic humor, but humor. ;) Ranting is better received (and more fun) when it's entertaining. I sometimes fall too far into ranting territory, but I try. I've read reviews that tear apart books I love, but the good ones made me laugh at myself and the book in question.
That's the other thing I try to keep in mind; I know there are readers who LOVE books I hate. I don't want to tell people what they should or shouldn't enjoy reading. (This often results in too many instances of "for me," "I felt," and "in my opinion" in a review, but better safe than sorry.) It's a subjective experience. I get it. :)
What about you guys? Do you have any extra special criteria when it comes to 1-star reviews? Or do you pay more attention to 1-stars from certain readers?
PS- If you're interested, you can find the Hall of Shame titles at the top of my Review Archive page.