Geekritique Changes Its Rating Scale


I just finished listening to Ender’s Game via audiobook (my older followers may remember that it’s the only medium I have the time I can set aside to reading books lately) when it hit me. I have no idea how to rate Ender’s Game. It’s certainly not a 9 in my opinion. But it’s certainly closer to a 9 than it is to an 8. If I gave Ender’s Game a 9/10, it’d be the 3rd of 4 novels I’d have given a 9/10. And that’s just silly, frankly. Sure, there are plenty of 9s out there, and perhaps I am picking and choosing my books from the top of the barrel, but really – it makes my rating scale seem flawed, and makes my ability to critique seem equally so.

If I were to rate my blog, remain completely unbiased and highly self-critical, I’d have given myself about a 7/10. Hopefully I’m my own worst critic. A big issue that I had with the blog was the rating scale. Rarely did I feel that my own scores reflected the true quality of the works I reviewed. Now, instead of a ten-point rating scale (7/10), it’ll be a hundred-point rating scale (7.7). Now that I’m changing things up slightly I think I’ll be more confident in my ability to rate properly, more effectively. I have no plans to go back and edit past ratings on my reviews.

My review of Ender’s Game will be fotthcoming, my first to really benefit from the new system. What would you rate Geekritique?

4 thoughts on “Geekritique Changes Its Rating Scale

  1. The rating system I use is kinda both discrete and continuous. I always like to give a few word summary, so that my opinion actually feeds into my thoughts overall, but I also give rate it by an integer out of 10. Each represents a certain word that more accurately describes my thoughts, ranging from Garbage to Amazing. It’s based on the Rate-o-matic from YouTube’s Movie Night. But I then half that to create the star rating out of five for when I publish my review on Letterboxd, which a film review-based social network I’d definitely recommend.

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  2. Pretty fond of the classic academic grading scale (A+ through F) when it comes to pop culture (which gives you about 13 levels).

    Are you gonna get into the Card’s personal beliefs or judge purely the source material?


  3. Rabindranauth

    I’m using a simple 5 star system with half stars for the weird ones. All I judge on is how much I enjoyed a book, so it’s more than adequate enough for me.

    Am I the only person on the planet that has issues with that book, that AREN’T because of the guy’s personal opinions? Lol. Everyone lauds it, I feel like I missed something. This is like Tolkein and Pullman all over again.


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