The 5-Star Bandwagon by Charley P.
Have you ever read a book with a ton of 5-star reviews, and then you read the book and you’re like how in the hell could it have possibly pulled in all those stellar ratings?
I think we’ve all done this at least once. It’s true that not all books are for all readers, but sometimes it appears that a lot of reviews for some books are only rated that high because…well…everyone rated it that high.
I call these “Bandwagon Reviews”, readers who rate a book high because that’s the trend or their book friends are doing it and they don’t want to be the odd one out. I know this sounds a little far-fetched, but I know this happens, and it happens a lot more than we think.
I can’t be sure why someone would want to rate a book the same as everyone else just because. Makes no sense to me. I would think any reader/reviewer worth their blog post would go out of their way to not do this. I can relate a bit though, as I have often found myself influenced by other reviews that I have read. Sometimes other reviews can provoke us to think about elements of a book that we might not have otherwise, and that’s a good thing. However, in the end, our reviews and ratings should always be our own and we shouldn’t completely base our review of a book on someone else’s opinion of it.
And that leads me to another thought…why can’t we just get rid of star ratings all together? Hmm, I think I’ll explore that a little bit next time.
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