Rating System

Because showing you how much I liked something is better than telling you how much I liked something

The state-of-the-art analytics involved in the process…

Reviewing life for your reading pleasure requires a pretty elaborate rating system. Therefore, I have developed this very fancy rating system that relies entirely on… feelings.

All right, so it’s not that complex after all, but there’s a good reason: everyone has different tastes and preferences, and what might be right for me, may not be right for you. That’s why I’ve chosen this type of rating over, say, stars or thumbs up/down.

I try to offer plenty of observations and insight into my reviews, so you can make an informed decision. In the end the rating I give will be best on how much I liked (or dislike, because that can also happen) something.

Without further ado, here’s the system:

This happy face means whatever I’ve reviewed was satisfactory and enjoyable. Good stuff

This ‘meh’ face means whatever I reviewed wasn’t necessarily bad, but also not good either

This happy, spectacled-and-braces face means whatever I reviewed was nerd awesome. Nerd is cool nowadays (finally!), therefore, it requires its own seal of approval!

This awesome face means whatever I reviewed was beyond good. It was epic and/or fabulous

This ‘ugh‘ face means whatever I reviewed was not good at all. Horrible. Want money and/or time back

This LOL face means whatever I reviewed was hilarious. You decide if that,s a good thing or not

This confused face means whatever I reviewed was… still trying to figure it out. What the…?


A note about movie ratings…

I personally care very much about the portrayals of women in movies, so the movies I review will specify whether the movies passes the Bechdel Test or not. This is the test’s passing criteria:

  1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something besides a man

In some cases I will use Going Rampant’s version of this test. I will also add to the overall rating if the pass/fail actually matters.

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