Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
So…Flame Ratings. I just don’t know what to do with them. Obvi, I use Ashley’s (NozeGraze) Flame Rating from her Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. I love the concept but I am horrible at the application. I need your help. When you see a Flame Rating in a review, what does it represent to you? At first I was rating based on how much sex or sexual content the book had. Then I started to put more feeling into it. It was both how much sex and how well I thought the sex was written. Then I started thinking maybe I should just rate on how well the sex was written or portrayed. Or maybe just generalize it and let it say how hot I thought the book was. Kind of ambiguous though. Then I started to have a headache and stopped trying to think at all before my brain exploded.
I use to have similar problem with The Snuggly portion of my reviews. First they were for sexual content only, then it morphed into a section about romance. But I kept writing about good romance in the The Good section and bad romance in The Bad section. So that was scrapped. Now I am back to just sexual content with a brief overview of how much, how well written, and how hot. Aaannnnnnd back to flames.
So, I’m stuck. What the hell do these flames represent? Maybe they mean something different for everyone. Maybe I’m overthinking it. I need to know the most common flame reasoning out there. I just want to accurately rate the hotness of the books I read so most of you know what the hell I am talking about. Thoughts?