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One Vote, Your Vote:
Goodreads Choice Awards
The value of one vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards depends on the complexity of the reader-voter mentality.
With the semi-final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards taking place, the voting has me wondering the value of one vote. My vote. There’s this mantra that “every vote counts” and in some particular categories that don’t often garner much exposure—it really does matter. But there are so many different kinds of voter mentalities in the equation that it becomes difficult to predict the eventual winner.
There will be readers who vote for the book they believe to be their favourite in that category. This is the dream.
There will be readers who hold onto their vote in a category because they may be undecided; not having read any of the listed books. There is no shame in honest transparency.
There will be readers who vote despite not having read any of the nominees but would back a novel that has made it onto their to-be-read pile; for eventual reading. We are all secretly optimists.
And, there will be readers who vote strategically, not wanting a particular book or author to win [because of insert reason here].
You may be one of the above; you might be a mix of them. So as someone who may be throwing around willy nilly random votes, my question is this: how much weight does my one vote have in skewing the results? Even the outlier voter, if there are enough of them, have the potential of becoming a percentage of total voters in a category. And if that’s the case, then is the system rewarding popularity (or interests) at the cost of another’s compelling creativity? But then who’s to say one is less original than another? Of course, there is no concrete answer to this since there are so many factors in play. But its some food for thought.
You have your vote. So what will you make of it?
I’ll cut to the chase because this is really a discussion based post in which I want to see how you crazy readers rationalize your voting considerations:
- What kind of reader-voter are you (considering the above options)? If you’re none of the above, then how would you describe your voting habits?
- How do you validate your “favourite choice” book in each category if there are multiple nominees that you’ve read? (i.e. factors that influence your decision: emotionally compelling? rated 5-stars? originality?)
- With [likely] tight races in the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction genre, how would you feel if they split the categories into two, to recognize more nominees? Should it even be a consideration bearing in mind how much sci-fi and fantasy play off of each other in some novels?
- This past year involved an increased awareness to diversity in mainstream reading, or the lack thereof. But there are awesome diverse reads that aren’t always gaining the exposure it may deserve; and if they do reach acclaim, they may be shadowed by other mainstream novels. With this in mind, what is your opinion on the diversity being reflected in the novel/author nomination pool of choices? Would you be interested in seeing a category honouring diversity, or is this something that should be an innate consideration in each niche genre?
- Is there a book you were surprised wasn’t nominated (or had to be user submitted) this year?
I hope this was a relevant topic to think about. I honestly gave some of my votes away [to friends] in certain categories in which I don’t dabble much in. And with others, I did vote for books on my TBR; which is what spurred this thought discussion. Anyhow, thank you for taking the time to think aloud.
Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with Goodreads regarding this post. I had beta reading assistance from Savindi (The Streetlight Reader) in creating parts of this discussion.