So, it's been just a little over a month since the post in which I listed my stats for my reviews on Amazon. Since some people seem to find stats interesting (I do myself) I decided I'd follow up and let y'all know how things look now.
I currently have 42 out of 77 helpful votes, which puts my "helpful" percentage at about 55 %. This is about two percentage points higher than it was a month ago, when I had 29/54 helpful votes. So, that means either that people find my reviews very mediocre, and so I'm getting a score right in the middle, or that my reviews are polarizing, and that there's a very slim majority who like my reviews, and a very large minority who kind of want to kick my butt. But I'm growing more helpful with time, which is a good thing, right?
On an even more positive note, my review for Harry Potter gained one positive vote! 1 out of 9 people found that review helpful, which puts those who think the review was a bit of a waste at only about 90 %. I'm working my way up, baby!
So, let me just be clear that I'm in no way offended by a poor percentage on Amazon, or generally by people who disagree with me. I just think it's kind of interesting to follow the stats, and consider what that means about the people who come across my reviews, and what that might say about the larger population. Also, I especially enjoy detailed criticisms of my reviews, as those really get me thinking about whether I can justify them, or whether I need to revise them. Thanks to all of you who offer qualifications to some of my more outlandish assertions!
Anyway, here are the stats as they stand now. The title links to the review on this blog. The "votes" link goes to its page on Amazon, where you can sometimes find entertaining and disgruntled comments:
Eragon: 2/2 helpful votes
Moby Dick: 1/1 helpful votes
Twilight: 3/4 helpful votes
The Hunger Games: 5/7 helpful votes
Wizard's First Rule: 12/17 helpful votes
Ender's Game: 2/3 helpful votes
Red Mars: 2/3 helpful votes
A Game of Thrones: 6/10 helpful votes
The Fellowship of the Ring: 3/7 helpful votes
The Eye of the World: 3/8 helpful votes
The Graveyard Book: 1/3 helpful votes
The Road: 1/3 helpful votes
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 1/9 helpful votes
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: No votes yet
Heavy Time and Hellburner (Also printed together as Devil to the Belt): No votes yet
Night Watch: No votes yet
The Sword of Shannara: No votes yet
The Once and Future King: No votes yet
The Mote in God's Eye: No votes yet
In addition to my faintly increasing helpfulness, you may be interested to know that my post on 1001 Books to Read Before You Die is almost twice as visited as any other review. Other posts rounding out my top 5 popular posts are: The Hunger Games, On offending fans and being wrong, A Game of Thrones, and Ender's Game.