Ok y’all! I need some input or maybe I am just behind on something but why the hate for 3’s lately? I have had 2 friends in 2 separate incidents get called out for giving a book a 3 rating in the last 7 days. Seriously, it is like the sky is falling and the chicken can’t cross the road.
Maybe I should back up and say what a 3 means to me: A 3 is a solid good read that I would recommend to friends and family.
Better put: all books start at 3! Something spectacular (great character, story I didn’t expect, emotional pull that was above and beyond) has to happen to move it up to a 4. I don’t know when 4 became the standard rating for books but I guess it must have. I have heard that 3s are the kiss of death but as a reader I don’t trust a book if it only has 4 and 5 ratings. I would rather read a book with an average of mid-3 to low 4 than something with a mid-4 rating. If a book has less than 100 reviews and they are all 4s and 5s that screams friends/family/fan girls. Nothing wrong with them chiming in but I want 3s, 2s, 1s. I want to see what a variety of readers think. Also, if I do or see a 4 rating I feel there needs to be an explanation about what made it more than a 3 because saying something is great (not just good) takes some explaining. Not all books can be 4s. Not all books by my favorite authors are 4s. 4s have that something extra (yes we wish ever single read had but they don’t) that often times is unique to the reader (due to mood, life, or day of the week). I will take a standard review for 3s because I get it. The book was good! The book was solid. The book was worth reading. The book is recommended. It might have that extra for you!
Same with 2s (which for some reason I think people think are the new 3s)–something had to not work in that book (bad character, story boredom, crazy) and you need to be able to explain that too. 2s have always been those reads where the writing might be solid (or not) but the story just didn’t connect. The characters might have drove you batty. The end ruined the whole thing for you. It had a subject that drove you nuts. Whatever it is–2s are not books you would recommend to someone else unless you just knew it was their niche because it was not in yours. It doesn’t mean you hate the author but it does mean that you didn’t connect with that book.
1s and 5s in my world are very rare. 5s have to hit the trifecta: Mood, Story, Character. As far as I can tell an author can only control 2 of those things and only to a certain extent. Every reader reads a story differently so 5s hit everything on all cylinders for that person. I know some people are more free with 5s and that is great by me. However, most of my fellow readers are the same. We give 5s but they aren’t a standard rating for us. 1s are the same on the opposite end of the fence. These are either DNFs or should have DNFd books. We have all had them and no I don’t feel guilty at all about giving the rating. It didn’t work for me but it may work for others based on what didn’t work for me. I feel both 1s and 5s also take some explaining because I want to know what made it go up or down that extra notch. I have bought book based on 1 star ratings but to be honest unless I know the person reviewing the book I ignore all 5s. I just feel those are personal above and beyond rating that are specific to that person at that time. I will look to see who gave it a 5 but I pay far more attention to the other reviews.
Most books for me rank 2 to 4 with a solid number hitting 3s so maybe that is why I am perplexed.
I give a good number of 4s and 3s and at the end of the day feel pretty good about it.
So can someone explain the hate for 3s? Is there some new standard that I am not aware of?
Because according to goodreads: 3(Liked It) , 4 (Really Liked It), or 5 (it was amazing). That is kind of how I see it. How about y’all? Chime in if you see a new trend I should be aware of because I am really perplexed. I am aware of the stories of 2s and 1s drawing flack but when 3s start where is the line in the sand?
Also just a word of caution: Do not gripe at me for a 3 because I will have no problem knocking it down to a 2 but you won’t ever see me knock it up to a 4.
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