BTT: The Absolute Worst

bttWhich 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!

6 comments to BTT: The Absolute Worst

  • I also keep reading the author, in part because I go out and get the backlist after liking the one I read. Even if I hate the subsequent books, I usually stick with them because of the familiarity, I guess, or because I have made the commitment. And you’re right, I think we all want to recapture the sense of awe we first felt!

  • I completely agree with your assessment! The first case is worse because you wind up reading more disappointing books than in the second case. And if I really love a book then I will often do as you and keep giving the author more chances, even if none of the other books really do it for me. But as to how many shots I’d give an author to prove themselves, it’s so hard to say! I suppose I always leave the door open for them to crank out something really great that will knock my socks off… you just never know.

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  • I read 4 Picoult books after My Sister’s Keeper before I stopped reading her books all together. It wasn’t that I hated the books, they just weren’t as good as My Sister’s Keeper.

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  • What matters to me is whether I’ll venture into another book of a new author (or new “old” author) if I didn’t enjoy the first. It’s about building the credit. I do believe in second chances. :)

    I’m extra cautious about reading another if the author is not good in my book. At least I wouldn’t buy it but borrow it.

    Expectation is a huge factor. Once I have liked a book, my expectation mounts. Whether the author is my favorite or not, I’ll be bummed out if the book doesn’t hit the mark.

  • My answer is the same as yours, and for pretty much the same reasons.

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