April 5th, 2024


A while back I stopped recording star ratings for books in Goodreads or for movies in Letterboxd.

I realised a few things:

  • That picking a number on a scale is pretty arbitrary and is as much a reflection of my state of mind when tapping the button as it is of what I actually think of the book/movie.
  • What I think of something is far from a measure of its objective good- or badness.
  • No-one, least of all the author of a book, needs to know what rating I picked for it. There's no joy in telling someone I don't like something they made. It doesn't benefit them and it doesn't benefit me.

Of course I'm still happily to tell someone all about something I loved, and why. That's always a particular pleasure.