The Fault In The Stars… Or, why star ratings have become a bad, bad thing

As readers, we judge a book by them just as much as the cover. As authors, we obsess over them and determine our worth as writers to the decimal point. As reviewers, we debate about them, are confused by their inferred meaning and often fear being honest about them.starsSmall_09

I’m talking stars, people. Those tiny, golden five-pointed things that Amazon requires us to include whenever we leave a review for something. It’s not just Amazon. No matter where you go or what you are reviewing, it’s become all about the stars.

Why is this a problem? Because, those little icons, or the lack thereof, have come to mean more than the content within the review itself. Continue reading

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