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Is "The Little Stranger" being targeted - or merely haunted?


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Initial post: 11 Jun 2010 15:36:38 BDT
hbw says:
I've noticed that a lot of reviews of The Little Stranger (regardless of the star rating) seem to have more "unhelpful" votes than "helpful" votes. In fact, skimming through four or five pages the only ones there were only about 3 (two with 0 votes and one with 1) that this didn't seem to apply to.

Has this struck anyone else as a bit odd?

The helpfulness of a review is, surely, independent of whether the reviewer loved or loathed a book and, yes, people sometimes use the reviewing system as a means of voting "for" or "against" the book. Is this what is happening? And, if so, how do we explain the consistent voting patterns across all the star ratings?

Is this book subject to some strange type of malevolent targeting, or is it being haunted: after all, it is about a haunted house? :-)
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Posted on 11 Jun 2010 15:51:09 BDT
M. Dowden says:
hw....I hadn't noticed but you have raised an interesting point. The book is really good, and it has been translated into umpteen languages, as well as the film rights being snatched up. I know when I saw Sarah Waters last year she said that she has had a lot of complaints from lesbians because it isn't a lesbian novel. Perhaps this may have something to do with it, but just because an author doesn't write every book in the same genre surely is a good thing and not to be looked down on. Who knows whats going on.

Posted on 11 Jun 2010 16:12:33 BDT
Damaskcat says:
If you think about it the negatives could come from lesbians who wanted her to write a lesbian novel and from those who don't like lesbian novelists whatever they happen to write.

hw wrote: ''The helpfulness of a review is, surely, independent of whether the reviewer loved or loathed a book and, yes, people sometimes use the reviewing system as a means of voting "for" or "against" the book. Is this what is happening? And, if so, how do we explain the consistent voting patterns across all the star ratings?'' That's how I vote - whether I found the review helpful or not - but many people vote according to whether they agree with the review or not. Some even vote negatively because they don't like the reviewer - or so I'm told
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