You may have noticed that I don't really include ratings on book. I tend to shy away from the practice as I often ffind it hard to know how to rate things like movies, books and TV shows. You know things that will be compiled and make recommendations for future suggestions. I find it hard to know where the break points should be. First I should say I am very stingy on giving out 5 stars, as I think that only perfection deserves 5 stars. Gatsby and Breaking Bad fit this category, but perfection is hard to reach.
From there you go to 4 stars. This is where I tend to put things I really like and enjoyed and that are well done. But even a 4 star rating can be hard for me to give out, because it has to be near perfection.
1 and 2 stars are a bit easier, actually, I wish there was a zero star for things I just hated. But these are things I really don't like and it is easy for me to know when it just isn't for me.
And that leaves the 3 star ratings. These are the hardest for me because there are 2 types of books, movies and TV shows that I partake in. And a 3 star classic novel would be vastly different than a 3 star YA book. Not to mention how do I reckon a bad story by Fitzgerald or Asten to a good fluff book. When I rate Fitzgerald or Austen it is usually to their other work, but just because I liked it less than something else they have written dosen't mean it should resided in the realm of Divergent. Divergent is a good YA novel. I didn't hate it, so I wouldn't give it a 1 or 2, it is a 3 star book for me. But when I place it next to A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, it just seems wrong that they should even be rated the same.
I need 2 prong rating system. One for more serious works and one for fluff. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you deal with this?