How do you rate your dramas?

I’ve found that I don’t really like numbers (1 to 10) or stars (1 to 5) very much, though those are very popular systems across the board. Mostly because they don’t seem all that helpful to me, with the way my mind works. What is functionally the difference between a seven and an eight? Three-and-a-half stars versus four? An eight-point-five and a nine? Are you rating how good the show is on a technical level or does the score simply reflect how much you enjoyed it? If someone is looking for a recommendation, where’s the threshold of yes, watch versus don’t bother? How do you capture the difference between something that was was given three stars because everything ground to a halt in the last third and something that was given a three stars because  it was an addictive but terrible mess?

Text-based reviews would be able to capture more of those differences, but long reviews can be tedious to write, too, especially for dramas, which are typically 16+ hours of content. Do you need to write a thousand-word overview of every drama that you finish? How do you handle spoilers? How many people are actually going to read the whole thing if they haven’t already watched the drama, too?

My compromise is to do a little of both, though I avoid the numbers. My ratings system basically tells you what I think you ought to do about the drama: marathon it now, bump it up your watch list, check it out on a slow day, I would advise against it, and I’ve already suffered–why should you? I couple that with mini reviews that usually spell out what I thought were the pros and cons of the shows. I’m slowly making my way through the list to finish up those reviews. One of these days…

How do you rate your dramas? Do you use MyDramaList? Do you have your own personal ranking system? Leave a link in the comments–I’d love to see what you think of some of my favorite shows!

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