Monday, May 4, 2009

Booking It--Which is Worse?

Which is worse?

Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?

I think it’s the latter. Once I find authors I love, I anticipate their next book. I feel like it’s a promise. I can’t wait for it to be released (or for me to find and purchase it, if it’s an author who’s been writing a while but I’ve just discovered them). I have such high expectations. I can’t wait to leave my world behind and enter the one they’ve created, knowing I’ll be completely lost in it for a while. But then, if it’s disappointing, the let-down is so much greater than it is when I just pick up a book I know nothing about and discover it’s not worth reading.

I have had authors I love disappoint me in the middle of a series, only to redeem themselves later, but a little of the trust is gone. With every new release I wonder, will it be worth it?

Of course, all of this is unfair. Who can be at the top of their game all the time? And who’s to say it’s not my taste that’s off rather than the author’s skill?

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