Thursday, 16 February 2017

Read Before You Rate || REASONS WHY RATING BEFORE YOU READ A BOOK IS HARMFUL FOR ALL PARTIES CONCERNED


I got the idea for this post a LONG while back(like a year and a half ago, I think) after watching @emmabooks video on this topic. You can watch her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNBiJ_Pc-fI
So you know how on Goodreads you can rate a book that you haven't read? How you can rate a book you are excited about months and months before it even has a cover?? or a title?! This is harmful for everyone, readers and authors. (Unless of course you are lucky enough to have gotten your hands on an ARC and therefore have a valid opinion.) Let's discuss this using lists, because I like lists. Everybody likes lists. Lists are fun. Lists are organizational.




  • It gives a false idea of the book, and creates false hype. For example, if everyone rates Cassandra Clare's new book 5 stars before it comes out, it creates the illusion that people have read it and loved it. All the hype creates high expectations which are most likely going to be dashed to pieces. The reader will then give it a bad rating and review because it didn't live up to the hype. Which was false in the first place.

  • When that person gives that book a bad rating/review, they are affecting other people's view of that book, the sales of the book, and thus the author's income. Isn't it best to make sure that the book is given a fair chance?

  • The point here is that by rating it before it comes out, you are inevitably hurting the author. And that is not something that we want.

  • You are also hurting the reader. They saw that everyone was giving it 5 out of 5 stars, and became super excited and was thinking, 'AW YES I AM SO GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK'. They then wasted ten hours or so to read the book, and the book didn't deliver. How could it? It's impossible to live up to that kind of hype/expectations.

  • This can also work the other way around. If a lot of people didn't like an author's other books, they will often go rate the author's new book badly simply because they hated the other books. 'I will never read this book, since their other books was SO BAD!1! 1/5 stars' is something I see a lot.

  • Now this REALLY hurts the author. Like, REALLY HURTS THEM. If everyone rates it badly before it comes out, a lot of people aren't going to want to buy it. "I looked it up on goodreads and it had a bad overall rating! Definitely not wasting my money on it." Now that poor author's sales have been affected, causing it to not do well.

  • This has happened so many times. A good example of this would be Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. So many people hated the description for some reason (which makes no sense) and then rated/reviewed badly.

  • In conclusion, DON'T RATE BEFORE YOU READ. It's basically a form of lying. Lying is wrong. It hurts people. We're all guilty of it (I used to do it too until I watched Emma's video)
And that is all. COMMENT TIME! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SUBJECT? DO YOU THINK RATING BEFORE YOU READ IS A GOOD OR BAD THING?


9 comments:

  1. I've never understood why people rate a book before reading. Even if you love the author, you can't know that their next book will be something you think is as good as their previous works. You're just making the rating look meaningless because I can see now that it's been skewed by 20 ratings from people who haven't read the book. And I really dislike the ratings that are given on hearsay to the effect of, "I give this book one star because I won't read it because someone on Tumblr or Twitter told me it's awful." You didn't read it, you shouldn't rate it.

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    1. YESS! I totally agree with you.
      also I need 'You didn't read it, you shouldn't rate it' on a t-shirt omfg

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  2. This is SUCH a pet peeve of mine omg. I really really really hate it when people give 1stars to books that they couldn't possibly have read. Like there are super low star ratings on Maggie Stiefvater's upcoming book. There's on ARCs in existence of it?!? I don't even know if there will be! It's so ridiculous that people do this out of spite. And like if a book is said to be problematic, I'll see users rating it 1-star without reading it. Sure give a ranty review/update if you don't want to red a book! But it's not right to rate things without reading them.

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    1. And even if the book is problematic, you should still only rate it if you've read it, otherwise you are being problematic, cause lying.
      OKAY BUT WHY ARE PEOPLE RATING MAGGIE'S NEW BOOK BADLY? IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING OUT YET!!

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  3. I completely agree - this is one of my biggest pet peeves as well! As reviewers it's our job to provide unbiased and honest reviews of the books we read and if we rate books before we read them we're not doing out job as reviewers. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. Yes! I really liked how you worded that. "Provide unbiased and honest reviews of the book we read" that's like, the golden rule of being a book reviewer!
      Thanks for commenting! :D

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  4. I've never understood why people do this. I mean, I was excited for The House of Hades too, but I wasn't going to rate it before I read it. I was excited for Half Lost, but I wasn't going to throw down five stars before I'd had my heart thoroughly broken.

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    1. Just remembered - another thing I saw specifically with Half Lost was people urging other people to rate it one star whether they'd read it or not simply because they disagreed with the way the romance plotline tied up. There were people actually trying to organise a campaign to pull the rating down below three stars.

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    2. Really??! That's terrible! I mean, being upset and angry about your ship not becoming canon, but boycotting a book is a whole another thing.

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