Let’s have a discussion, shall we?
This topic has been done a number of times, but everybody has an opinion so I am going to share mine, because I feel like it. Btw, enter my giveaway HERE.
Every once in a while, there are books I get excited about that aren’t out yet. They are happening in such a distant future that no one has read an ARC of it, and then I go onto Goodreads and low and behold, 5 star ratings all over the place.
I get the excitement. I do. But I truly don’t understand where the need to rate it comes from. I get that people love their authors, but a book can end up being really bad. And I might see your rating and think that’s great and I’ll pick it up, and it turns out it’s bad. And while this is no problem for you personally, ratings generate buzz. This might not seem important from the 5 star rating aspect, but what about those 1 star ratings before you read a book or before the book is even out?
This has been a trend I have seen online and I hate it. A blogger will read a book, and then deem it the spawn of the devil or whatever, and then encourage their following to treat it like that as well. And while I get where that’s coming from (for example, you read a book, you find it problematic, so you don’t want to encourage that). the fact that people will then go on to rate the books 1 star and talk about how said book is trash WITHOUT READING it, gets on my nerves.
First of all, you don’t know how you’ll feel about the book. You’ve seen quotes (which can be taken out of context), you’ve heard people talk, but the truth is you don’t know. And it can totally affect the books success.
What I hate most about it, is the mob mentality that it entails. OF course books can be bad, and damaging, and problematic, and you SHOULD always speak up about it, but be your own person. Form your own opinions. Always have valid arguments to back up your stance on a topic. Especially if you’re a blogger that has a following. Due your due. Read and then judge. You can proceed to burn the book after that, for all I care. But read first, and rate later.
So what’s your stance on rating books before you read them? Do you do it? Please don’t. Kidding! Please tell me why and come discuss in the comments with me!
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