I don’t care for star ratings on anything I read or watch, mostly because what you say maters more than a rating from 1-5. I do it on sites that require it, however it isn’t something I care to do, it’s not always easy to narrow down a star rating. So on my blog here you will no longer find me using it. If you require it for a review though you may request what I would have given it star rating wise.
I tend to write a lot of detail in each review as I can explain myself better that way, whether that be a book review, a movie or tv show review or a musical theatre review. When it comes to websites that require a review I do choose them and you can see how I decide that by reading below, how my mind and system does work, however I don’t include star ratings on here anymore, my reviews are and should be enough of a feedback to what I thought and felt about what I’ve read or watched.
My Rating System:
So I figured I would try to explain how I actually rate what I read or watch, it’s not easy to explain why or how I rate them the way I do but I shall put as much detail as I can so you can understand.
1 🌟- This means that it wasn’t even the slightest bit worth my time, that I didn’t enjoy any aspect of it. I don’t very often rate anything with this, It’s not a rating I want to do and try to avoid it as much as possible. I generally would not choose to read or watch something particularly if I thought it would get a low rating like this from me.
2 🌟🌟- This is my standard if I DNF something. My criteria for dnfing is if it’s not interesting enough for my attention, not a topic I’m enjoying, (atrocious grammar), characters that are horrendous or heavily unlikeable. I don’t like DNFing books, shows or movies but sometimes no matter how much you want to enjoy them they aren’t always for you, but someone else might love it. So I try to be careful what I read or watch to avoid the chance of this but sometimes a description and the product itself don’t correlate. (I still do my best to write a positive or nice review even if I DNF, it could still make someone want to enjoy it)
2🌟🌟 – The other reason I would give a two star is if it was below average, again not something I like to do or do often, but if there was something off putting or not interesting then I will give it a two. If the writing was maybe hard to follow or I didn’t care for the way it was created, an element in it was offensive then I would give it a low rating like this. I really try to do this as little as possible.
3 🌟🌟🌟 – I have a three tier criteria for a three star rating. The lowest one is if it was okay but maybe had some issue, not as interesting as it could be or lacked something then it would be a low three.
3🌟🌟🌟 – Tier two would be equal to a 3.5 rating which means I enjoyed it a lot, it was made well, written pretty well, great details but maybe a slight issue, or slight lack of connection from me to it. It’s never anything too serious as if it’s got this rating means I still really enjoyed it.
3🌟🌟🌟 – Tier three this would be a high three and almost a four star, it means that I really loved this a lot and this is a common rating for me if I really enjoyed what I’d read or watched. It means it was incredibly well created and thought out.
4🌟🌟🌟🌟- My other most common rating that means that it was amazing, had great characters, great writing, interesting story or a story that offered great educational value. If I really truly loved what I read or watched it will generally get a four star rating. This is my I absolutely loved this, it’s great and 100% worth your time.
5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟- This means I couldn’t fault it at all, if I can give a book or something I watched a five star it makes me happy. I love being able to find a book, show or movie that in my eyes is perfection, characters, writing, story, detail, excitement etc. If it can check everything I’m looking for in it I will give it a five. Aim for this rating but expect you’ll get a 4 or 3 from me as I don’t give 5’s all that often. Theatre for me will usually be given this as I love musical theatre and it’s harder to find faults in it as you can get swept away so quickly with shows.
So anyway I hope this gives you an idea into my mind and why I rate what and how I rate, it’s probably not explained correctly as it’s just all in my head and i rate based on what I’m thinking whilst reading or watching.