My musings for this Monday are about rating the unrateable. If you just said WTF does that even mean then read on…
Rating the unrateable isn’t about a book so great there’s no number big enough to give it, nor does it mean a book you so badly disliked that you think it deserves a negative number. Nope…it’s something that I see a lot of on Goodreads, and it’s a practice I personally disagree with.
Still don’t know where I’m going with this? Ok, I’ll cut to the chase. I’m talking about giving a book a rating before you’ve even read it. Yes, even if it’s being written by a favorite author and you’re absolutely convinced you’ll love it, or the reverse of that…giving a book a bad rating before you’ve read it simply because you don’t like the author. It cuts both ways.
While I understand that readers want to support their favorite authors I really think a better and more honest thing to do is to put it on your want to read list, pre-order it when available and tweet or facebook the link, or talk up your excitement about the book on social media. As for those who give negative ratings having never read the book…it’s something I’ll never understand. Why waste your time on negatives when you could just as easily spend that same time talking about and promoting books you actually liked/loved?
Amazon deals with this issue by not allowing anyone to post ratings or reviews until a book is published. The main flaw with that is it doesn’t take into account the bloggers/reviewers who get ARC’s (Advanced Reading Copies) and who could honestly give an early rating/review. I’m not really sure there’s a viable or good solution to this. I suppose both Amazon and Goodreads could do some sort of blogger registry wherein a blogger would have to submit a web address for verification, or perhaps be verified by an author, but I’m afraid that would seem too big brotherish to many.
I’m pretty sure it’s a nonissue for most people, but I’d enjoy reading your thoughts on the subject in the comment section. Just remember to be respectful either way. We don’t have to agree, but I do insist on playing nice.