Yup. That's the trick--all the 5 star reviews are semi-illiterate--all the one and two star reviews are well written. Could there be a correlation between IQ and likelihood to like this book perhaps???
There are two things this could be, maybe it's both.
1 There is a small group of crazy, militiant fans who are are making multiple reviews with multiple accounts. I know this is possible because I have talked to people who have done this on other things. These people get bored making so many reviews so they basically just say the same thing again and again, but they slightly different wording so that Amazon doesn't delete their reviews.
2 Or the majority of the five star reviews are legit. This might be the case, and then it still wouldn't be too hard to find out why they are so shallow. FSOG is a very shallow book about a romance so sick it shouldn't be called romance. FSOG is the glorification of a un-traditional, abusive kind of relationship that spits in the faces of feminists who have been fighting against abuse in the Middle East, and it spits in the face of most major religions which teach to wait until after marriage to have sex, etc. The author is shallow, as she disrespects her fans. Why should we expect the super fans to make articulate reviews?
I agree. They seem derivative. Frankly, I HATED this book and wrote a lengthy review in order to release my anger (and I'm STILL angry). I don't mind reading opinions that are different than mine, but as long as they state reasons. But like you said, all of the 5 star reviewers say something like, "What an amazing read. Can't wait to read the next in the series." And these aren't reviews so I really wish these people would stop "reviewing."
The five star reviewers want to kiss Christian's face But the one star reviewers want to spritz the rapist with mace The five star reviewers can't tell the difference between rape and consensual sex This doesn't concern Ms. James because she is laughing all the way to the bank to cash her checks Abuse is romanticized and glorified While common logic falls on the wayside
This one got me: "Extraordinary, simply does this beautifully gripping read no justice. I literally finished this book in less than 24 hours. Already purchasing the final two. When I explain how relentlessly captivating this is, please understand that I mean this to every extent. What a phenomenal mind James has. Thank you." Jeez!!!!!!! :(
Sadly, it wouldn't make a difference. I've been complaining about Amazon's #1 prolific fake reviewer (Harriet Klausner) to Amazon and my complaints have fallen on deaf ears. I've sent countless emails to them and every single one of them was ignored.
I know it wouldn't be fair and the idea is flawed, but I think Amazon should only allow those who have an Amazon Verified Purchase to post a review. This way Amazon will be able to curtail the number of fake reviews.
Yes, you're absolutely right. I did notice that! Aaah, unfortuantely most people give credence to a review with an Amazon Verified Purchase. I only hope that people are smart enough to know that these 5 star reviews are all phony. I'm halfway through Fifty Shades Darker (I had to put it down a LOT- and then convince myself to pick it up again) and I cannot believe people gave it 5 stars! It's not even worthy of one star! I cannot believe the people who actually like this awful trilogy! Are they on crack? Ms. James doesn't know squat about BDSM, healthy relationships, friendships, etc.
By TawannaAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Kindle Edition) This book is everything i cant ply my hands off its more than i could hope for i would defenitly reccomend
Because publishers hire people to give good reviews. It's a well documented fact. When publishing went in the toilet, they outsourced it overseas where they don't speak very good english or write very well and get paid a few cents a review, so they write them and quickly as possible. Quality reviews don't matter. It's only the star rating the publishers care about.
Google an article called "the best reviews money can buy new york times". You'll notice a clear pattern here of one star reviews going up and then a couple of five star reviews going up. There are companies watching monitoring this page and protecting it for publishers.