Ratings for reviews

You may have noticed that I’ve started giving ratings to the books / CDs I’m reviewing. It’s just a bit of fun really, and not meant to be at all scientific. Over time I’ll go back and give ratings to all the books etc that I’ve reviewed already.
The ratings are entirely subjective, and go from 0 (SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne) to 5 stars (SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne), in increments of a half. Obviously 5 stars is the best and equates to 10 out of 10.

The ratings are basically a reflection of how much enjoyment I got from reading the book, watching the film or listening to the CD, and consequently how much I would recommend the experience to another generalist person in the street. The ratings are not meant to be a reflection on the quality of academic research, standard of cinematography or virtuosity of the lead vocalist. However, because I’m a little pedantic, I do knock marks off for poor English / bad proofreading in a book, or out-of-tune singing on a CD. Maybe once or twice I give something a higher mark than is merited by the enjoyment I derived from it: that’s because I know that I should appreciate the thing. A typical example might be the films of Hong Sang Soo, which I generally give 7 or 8 out of 10: if I didn’t know I was supposed to like them I’d probably give them a 4 or a 5 out of 10.

Two and a half stars / 5 out of 10 (SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne) is very much borderline. Two stars or less means that I’m warning you not to waste your money.

You won’t find many film reviews on this site – there are so many other sources of those – but once I’ve worked out how to do it I’ll be uploading my film database, complete with (where available) the koreanfilm.org critics poll average scores, imdb scores and my own ratings (about 130 of them).

Again, once I’ve worked out how to do it I’ll put the star ratings in the title of the post (where the date sometimes appears) rather than at the bottom of the review. But there’s a lot of php I’ll have to play with before I get there (all my code tweaks are very much trial and error). If there are any readers out there who eat php and MySQL for breakfast and wouldn’t mind doing a bit of coding to help out, I’d be happy to hear from you.

The little stars plugin is courtesy of Daniel Schick.

2 thoughts on “Ratings for reviews

  1. Hi Philip,
    add the following lines to the end of the plugin PHP file (right before or after the other filters):

    add_filter('the_title', 'CheckForStar');
    add_filter('the_title', 'CheckForStarXL');

    and you should be able to put stars in the title.

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