Monday, September 27, 2010

Trevin Wax on rating books

Here's an article Trevin Wax (Author of Holy Subversion and a regular book reviewer) called Why I Hate Rating Books. As he says,
The ratings system is flawed, and the bugs in the system really bug me. Because we are so quick to praise anything and everything, we don’t leave ourselves with a way to really praise a praise-worthy book. The best of the best are treated like all the rest. As the little boy in The Incredibles says, “When everyone is special, no one is special.”
We here at CiC use a ratings system as well when we review books, and I want to know, is it helpful? Is it distracting? Does it undercut the review itself?

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