Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing at least four posts discussing the results from the first round of my magazine quest. They will reference the ratings from one to five that I gave individual stories. So that you’ll have some perspective, I decided to describe what the different star ratings mean to me, on an emotional level:
5 — After reading this story, I went online to see what else the author had written. I want more of this.
4 — This story had something unique, or something that interested me, about a character, the setting, or the plot. It made me think a little.
3 — This story would be OK if I read it while stuck somewhere, like in a doctor’s waiting room, or on an airplane. Usually, I’m not stuck in those places, so I feel like this story wasted time I could have spent on something better.
2 — I’m angry that I read this, because it was so stupid, or offensive, or boring, or whatever. If I were stuck somewhere, I’d rather just stare at the ceiling than read this. I’ll try to avoid this author and publisher in the future.
1 — I’ve gone beyond angry here, to being mystified. I don’t understand why the author thought it was a good idea to write this down, and I don’t understand why the publisher thought this was something others would want to read. I can’t believe there are actually two people in the world who shared the same delusion that this was worth reading.
What’s your process when you leave star ratings at a retailer or book-rating site?