Fairly random review statistics

… Also known as “stuff I do when I really should be doing a lot of other stuff”. *cough*

To start off with, let’s look at when books were released and the ratings I gave them. That shows that even though we’re talking three different centuries, they’re fairly consistent in average quality/enjoyability:

  1. The 21st Century (2000s): 3.78 (based on 45 items)
  2. The 19th Century (1800s): 3.59 (based on 8 items)
  3. The 20th Century (1900s): 3.21 (based on 20 items)

Note that unrated and/or “date unknown” have not been included here, for obvious reasons. As most of the written items are from the 2000s, I’ve whittled it down to a per year thing:

  • 2000: 3.8 (1 item)
  • 2001: 5 (1)
  • 2002: 4 (4)
  • 2003: 4 (1)
  • 2004: 4.75 (4)
  • 2005: 3.35 (2)
  • 2006: 3 (2)
  • 2007: 3.6 (3)
  • 2008: 3 (4)
  • 2009: 4 (4)
  • 2010: 3.62 (10)
  • 2011: 3.82 (9)

There’s a similar story for films as well. The 21st Century scores 3.45 on average, with the 20th Century coming in at the lower 3.09, but the 1900s had stinkers like Jane Eyre ’34 and ’49.

From 1992 onwards, I have at least one film or TV-production listed every year.

The problem with these kind of number crunching is that I didn’t start giving actual scores until a few months into 2011, at least not for films (most books I’ve gone back and put in a score after the fact), so that’s why there are a lot more scores for 2011. Here are the average scores of the 2000s:

  • 2000: 3.38 (4 items)
  • 2001: 4.5 (2)
  • 2002: 2.35 (2)
  • 2003: 3.20 (5)
  • 2004: 3.59 (9)
  • 2005: 3.16 (5)
  • 2006: 3.17 (6)
  • 2007: 3.56 (11)
  • 2008: 3.93 (16)
  • 2009: 3.38 (9)
  • 2010: 3.11 (5)
  • 2011: 3.31 (20)

And most of the stuff (below) was posted earlier on Facebook. See what you miss if you’ve not “liked” The Squeee page there? 😉

Did you know:

The film I rated lowest in 2011 was Epic Movie? It got 1 out of 5, which was technically also given to Jane Eyre (1949), but the latter had the excuse of being old, made for TV, and post-war, meaning they had no money to make it properly.

On the plus side, six films got 5 out of 5, even if some technically didn’t really deserved it – I just enjoyed them too much! These were:

  • The Accidental Husband
  • The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
  • Australia
  • Der Untergang – Downfall
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Rebel Heart

Of those, arguably Downfall is the actual best film, followed by Australia.

A further nine didn’t even make a 2 out of 5, and deservedly so:

  • Brazil
  • Dirk Gently
  • Full Frontal
  • Hulk
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Love Potion #9
  • Sucker Punch
  • The Witches of Oz
  • Witchville

All range a groanworthy 1.4 to a dispicable 1.8. Lowest this year so far is Your Highness, on 1.2. On the plus side, January isn’t even over, and there have already been three productions scoring top marks:

  • The Golden Compass
  • Hunger
  • Moving On: Poetry of Silence

In books, lowest last year with an impressive 0.5 was Jane and Her Master by Stephen Rawlings from 1996, followed by D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love on 1 and Claire’s Not-So-Gothic Romance by Bonnie Blythe on 1.8. Fortunately, these were more than weighed up by the 14 (!) titles earning 5 out of 5:

  • Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Tara Bradley: Jane Eyre’s Husband
  • Eoin Colfer: And Another Thing …
  • Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, Something Rotten
  • Charlotte Hawkins: The Tempest
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
  • April Lindner: Jane
  • Sarah Pawley: Finding Grace

Three of the 14 titles were non-fiction!

  • Douglas Adams: The Salmon of Doubt
  • Marti Olsen Laney: The Introvert Advantage
  • Jon Ronson: The Men Who Stare at Goats

And that’s me done for today, I need to go roleplaying for a bit.

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