A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Seeing Stars

on October 17, 2013

I was thinking about the book I’m currently reading and deciding it’s likely to wind up as 3 1/2 stars at BookLikes. And it struck me that the visual representation of 3 1/2 stars really gives a different feel than seeing the numbers 3 1/2. A random recent example (easy to find, because I probably rate 75% of the books I read 3 1/2 stars):

When you see it like that, it’s very clear to me that 3 1/2 stars is on the positive end of the spectrum — it has more weight.  Look how long the line of stars is! Look how close it gets to the 5! Why would anyone who isn’t a total egomaniac be upset about that?

The 5 star system as defined by GoodReads — didn’t like, it was okay, liked it, loved it, it was amazing — is actually very sensible to me, because it correlates with the visual weight of the stars. 3 stars is more positive than negative — you have more stars than not. 2 stars shows more weight on the negative side, but it’s not entirely negative — there was something there worth an extra star. (This thinking kind of falls down with 1 star, of course, and some people would really like to have 0 stars.)

It feels right to be able to get that visual, just the right visual for what I thought of a book. I think GoodReads screwed the pooch more than they will ever know in not allowing half stars.


One response to “Seeing Stars

  1. Lovely post willaful. Love the "screwed the pooch" comment:-)

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