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Have we forgotten what it means to be entertained?

I finally got around to watching Aquaman last night. "I enjoyed it. It was fun." I would probably give it 3 stars. Not a bad movie. Not mind-blowing. It was entertaining, therefore it did its job.

Why am I making a point about this?

I recently read a post on Facebook where an author was complaining because someone gave them a 3 star review on Goodreads. 

3 stars mean a reader "Liked it". I know as authors, we all want to get 5-star reviews all the time. It pushes our ranking and makes us more credible as authors to new readers. Makes us feel loved and pushes us to keep going.

Got it. No argument there. 5 stars equals good. But when did 3 stars equal bad?

It makes me wonder if some authors have become so focused on having everyone say "thebook blew my mind" that they have overlooked the fact a reader enjoyed the book enough to say they LIKED it? Have we forgotten that we "entertained them"?




Back to the movie. I heard the backlash about Aquaman when it came out in cinemas, that it wasn't great or it wasn't this or that. But it was a fun movie to watch. Would I rate it 5 stars? Probably not. I reserve 5 stars for movies, songs, and books that blow my mind, like everyone else.

Would I watch Aquaman again? Yes. 

Here are a few examples of what I mean when I say that 3 stars isn't a bad thing:

1. Indiana Jones is a movie I'd rate 3 stars. I liked it. It was fun. I've watched it 10 times.
2. The Crow is a movie I'd rate 5 stars. I LOVED it. Blew my mind. I've watched it 10 times.
3. Dean Koontz is one of my favourite authors. I would rate some of his books 5 stars yet many of his books 3 stars. I still buy his books.
4. Stephen Kind - ditto. Some I would rate 1 star or less. I hated Gerald's Game. I still buy his books.

I'm in this writing business for the long haul. There are some readers who LIKE some of my books and LOVED others. I'm okay with that. Because you know what's awesome? When I go to Comic-Cons and people come back to buy more of my books. Some of the readers are blown away. Others buy more of my books because they found the rest of them entertaining. THAT'S A GOOD THING!!!

Seriously, if you want to leave a review of any of my books that says "I was entertained" or "I enjoyed this" I'd be thrilled that you bothered to leave a review. I'd be thrilled that you bothered to tell others that "hey this book is entertaining". I'd be thrilled that you gave it 3 or 4 or 5 stars. 

So please go ahead. If you have read any of my books, reviews are helping in helping others find new authors. You can leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. My authors pages are below:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/D-L-Richardson/e/B00717D7KU
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/D-L-Richardson/e/B00717D7KU
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5265619.D_L_Richardson

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