What do you review based on?

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What do you base your ratings on?

  1. Enjoyability

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  2. Literature quality

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  3. Translation quality

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  4. A combination of factors

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  5. Other

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  1. Arcadial

    Arcadial Well-Known Member

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    I was just looking at a novel and considering starting it (the assassin's apprentice) and I saw that it had no reviews, so I thought I would read and then give it it's first review. Then I started thinking wait,what if I like the book, but I know it's bad? Because there definitely are books that I have on my reading list and stay up to date on, but I wouldn't rate higher than a 3/5.

    So if you enjoy reading a book, but you know it's not very good, how do you rate it?
     
  2. I Eat Monsanto

    I Eat Monsanto He who courts death

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    Harem = 1 star
    No harem = fair review


    I'm a simple man
     
  3. arrogantyoungmaster

    arrogantyoungmaster 20 Nuf = 1 face slap to make your day better

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    any H novel = 5 stars they don t have plot but i enjoy it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) i even reread some of them ( Lovely Belle ) :blobnosebleed:
     
  4. NerdExpress

    NerdExpress 『Shem's Kouhai』

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    Main
    -Character Complexity
    -Plot and quality of story
    -My own view of it (Depends on individual, ex. I generally hate normal harems or novels with many plot holes or I didn't really enjoy what the author gave)
    Side
    -Translation quality
    Overall
    I sometimes just find an average with my total score of each, but usually I can automatically find a score I think is suitable.
    (If you think it's a 3.5 or something, just say that in your comment and lower the star or something and if it's something like 3.7 round up)

    (If you like it but know it isn't that good, just put a side note to other readers that you enjoyed it overall and would rec, ex. "This was a good read for me, but to people who don't-")
     
  5. Phantom Starlight

    Phantom Starlight The Guiding Light

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    I think all things should be considered. How much you enjoyed it is also important.
    I mean, objectively speaking DBZ (anime) Actually isn't very good. plotholes, absurd power ramps, not just to those who trained either, characters being redeemed without much reason or for a reason most characters are unaware of but still accept, Still despite all its problems its super popular and I too enjoyed it. But if I gave it a fair rating it would actually be pretty low.
     
  6. brasca123

    brasca123 『Hell's Trainee Manager』

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    I review based on how much I like it and how much I think the novel deserves on an objective view.

    I try to highlight the good points of the novel if I like it, or highlight the bad ones if I dislike it.

    As for rating, I give a rating basically on how much I like it, I don't care much about how objectively good it is on that regard.
     
  7. Ignus

    Ignus Philosopher of Flames

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    I refuse to rate a story based off my preferences.
    If I did, I would rate all BL, Yuri, Transgender as 1 star. I think that is a terrible thing to do. So I just don't read them.

    If you don't like harem, then dont read it.



    I rate based upon story flow first. Range: 3-4 stars
    - Are there any discrepancies in events/timelines/character development that ruin immersion/story flow.
    - Is the pacing done well, a good balance of world building/action/romance/comedy/character development (based on the genre of the story)
    Then I add points for beyond the common. Add up to 1 star
    - Ingenuity and Imagination
    - Character interaction
    - Story Subjects (Like actual themes and unique plots) above and beyond the typical.

    Then I knock of points for things like... Subtract up to 1 star.
    - Overuse of troupes
    - Translation Quality
    - Really bad quantity of what was mentioned above in story flow.

    If my personal preferences raise the star value up a point, I mention it in my review: Example:
    I enjoyed this story, and even though I scored it 3 stars, for me personally it is a 4 star story.
     
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  8. I Eat Monsanto

    I Eat Monsanto He who courts death

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    Wow, funny enough, I'm not you. To each his own.
     
  9. brasca123

    brasca123 『Hell's Trainee Manager』

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    Agreed, it's actually quite bad for the story to rate it just because they have something you dislike.
    Well, it's heavily discouraged to rate something because they have a genre/tag you dislike, since you are not rating the story in this case, but simply the fact you dislike that genre in particular.

    Sure, all reviews are biased, but in general, you should try to avoid giving bad ratings just because you dislike a genre... There is a reason people get angered when they see an amazing BL novel full of 1 star ratings just because it's BL... Harem is the same.
     
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  10. StuffedDuck

    StuffedDuck Stuffed with Fluff

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    5 stars - has cats AND ducks
    4 stars - has cats OR ducks
    3 stars - has other fluffy animals
    2 stars - must be a hell of a story to earn 2 stars
    1 stars - me don't read such stories
     
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  11. I Eat Monsanto

    I Eat Monsanto He who courts death

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    cool