Which is worse?
Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author,
Reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?
How funny! This is totally related to my post from yesterday about how many chances an author should get. Based on the fact I was motivated enough to write an entire post just about this, I would definitely say the worst, for me, is finding a book I love and hating everything else I try by that author. It wouldn’t be so bad, except that I can’t seem to stop myself from trying more of their books.
When I have a good first experience then hate the rest, I just keep trying more, sure that each bad book is just a fluke, that I can regain the sense of awe I felt with the first book, even though the truth is usually closer to that first book being a fluke. In other words, if I read one bad book by a great author, I just read one bad book. If I read one good book by a bad author, I tend to end up reading loads of drivel.
I can understand that many people feel a sense of betrayal if they read a bad book by a favorite author, as if the author let them down. I can get that feeling too occasionally, but in general I’d rather read that one bad book than 10 bad books.
Which do you find worse? Do you feel moer betrayed when a favorite author writes a bad book or when a subpar author tricks you into reading multiple books because the first one was good?
By the way, if you have an opinion on how many chances an author should get, come and join the discussion on my post from yesterday!