Yeah, yeah, shock horror, water is wet.
But browsing Goodreads I found quite an impressive numerical example.
Pat Rothfuss has written two of the most successful works of Epic Fantasy of all time. They have shockingly high average ratings on Goodreads. 4.55 and 4.57 respectively. It should be noted that average ratings decline sharply over a book's first few thousand ratings and tend to bottom out around 20,000, so you will find plenty of books with 50 ratings and a 4.5 average. Rather few with 500 ratings and a 4.5 average, and almost none (outside YA fiction) with 5,000+ ratings and an average of better than 4.5. And Rothfuss's books have 370,000 & 240,000 ratings respectively.
These are hugely lauded and commercial books. One in one hundred of the ratings given to these books are 1*.
And yet, if you look at the most liked reviews:
Water is wet.
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