Today’s question for the Book Blogger Hop from Coffee Addicted Writer is:
If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
(submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)
My knee-jerk response was, oh yes, definitely. Then I realised that wasn’t true. It depends whether I disliked the first of their work I read, or enjoyed some and disliked another.
A case in point was Jennifer Ellis’s Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist. I didn’t like that because it was too close to home, with rampantly capitalist males wanting to trash the environment so they could make more money, and the protagonist feeling up against that pressure from one side, whilst being ridiculed for not being what I would term a Deep Green, taking environmental living to extremes. It has in no way stopped me enjoying her fabulous Derivatives of Displacement series, or enjoying her somewhat apocalyptic In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation, and I adored the amazing Reversal as you can tell by my reviews.
But equally, there are authors whom I now won’t touch, ever again. The first that spring to mind are: Peter May after The Blackhouse; Dan Brown, and by extension, Simon Toyne (whose book I review towards the end of the month). I would be unlikely to pick up another Stephen Fry (ditto). There are a few indie authors I’d steer clear of, having read and reviewed their books on here. I won’t name them, since it’s only my opinion, after all. These best-selling authors are fair game, though, in my view!
What about you? Are you a tolerant type, giving an author the benefit of the doubt? How many chances do you give him/her? Have you ever completely changed your mind about someone you at first disliked?
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