Guest post by Charley P.
It goes without saying that the “review” system among readers and bloggers is flawed. There is no formula to follow, therefore, there are no rules. Everyone operates under their own policies and that sometimes leads to questionable ratings and unclear reviews. It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s just the way things are.
What I do know is that giving a one-star rating to a book you haven’t read goes against everything reviewers should stand for. I have seen it too many times. “I only made it 30% of the way in before I just gave up”. Then you look and they have rated the book with a one-star. I personally feel “DNF” (Did Not Finish) ratings are totally legit and should be used in lieu of a one star rating if you haven’t read the book. Not only will other readers be understanding, but so will the author. No need to drag down their average rating when you haven’t even read their work.
Now don’t get me wrong. One-star ratings are not only necessary, but they are sometimes helpful. There are always books that we come across where we couldn’t find a single thing that we liked about it. I’ve read books like that. We all have. Sometimes one-star ratings are warranted. But the beauty of it is, sometimes the things that we hate, other readers might love, such as cliff-hanger endings or bad boys with no redeeming qualities. That’s why it’s always a good idea to thoroughly explain why you do or don’t like something or some character in a book. Instead of turning away readers, you could be leading them to a book that is right up their alley. Isn’t that a much more worthy cause than trying to destroy a book you didn’t like and warn all others against it?
One-star ratings have a place in this industry just as five-star ratings do. We should just all make sure we don’t abuse the one-star rating, and when we do use it, make sure we justify it. It’s only fair, to the readers and the author. And it’ll make you that much more of a reputable reviewer.
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