I’m usually not the type of person to make hasty decisions (at least with regard to books) and nor am I someone who’ll never give an author a second chance. More often than not, if I hate a book an author has written, I try out something else by that author (at least 2 more books) before I realize that I need to be cautious and do quite a lot of research on the next book by that author I’ll pick up. However, the four authors I’m mentioning in this post – I’ve tried and tested and read quite a lot of their works, and if not a lot of their works – at least their famous and renowned ones. I’ve come to a point where I’m so done with their books, and I’m pretty sure (pretty sure) that I’m never picking up their books again.
I’ve read half of The Mortal Instruments and the entire Infernal Devices, and going through those books was a chore. TMI was absolute gibberish and in a phase of my reading life where I urged myself to finish every series I started, DNFing that series only goes further to prove how much I disliked that series. TID, however, I finished because a) it’s just 3 books and b) Jem. Also, part of the reason I completed TID was because I wanted to keep reading and write as big of a rant as possible (which I did). I cannot ennumerate the several problems I had with TID. The insufferable love triangle and Clare’s stupid attempt to wrap everything in the end as a happily-ever-after (which is one of the most ridiculous and unrealistic things I’ve ever read). I really dislike Clare’s writing and the plot bored me. This is definitely an author I’m quite, quite sure I’ll never get to in the future.
Jennifer L Armentrout
When fourteen-year-old me read the first four books of the Lux series, I was enchanted by the romance and the excitement. However, now, the more I think of the series, a part of me cringes everytime I recall bits and snipets of her books, or little details which might have horrified me had I read it now. Needless to say, I’m done with Armentrout’s fantasy books (also Lux is her most famous series, and if I don’t like that, I don’t even want to try anything else by her). To give her one last shot, I picked up The Problem With Forever which is a contemporary YA novel released earlier this year. It was disastrous (read my ranty review here). I remember completing the book only so that I could rant about it (this seems to be becoming a habit of mine hmm) and then I was just so dissatisfied and irritated with the ridiculous plot and third-class characters. Definitely not picking up anything else by her. [Also, why are the covers of JLA’s books so horrible?]
You’ve probably had your fair share of shocks if you’ve read till this part of my post and seeing Rick Riordan’s name is probably not that shocking anymore (?) I’ve never been that shy about my dislike for the Percy Jackson series on my blog before, I’ve said time and again that I find it extremely overrated and in fact, not a good series at all. Maybe that has everything to do with me reading this series (only till the first three books after which I gave up) at an age where I could not really enjoy it; but seeing all the adults who love and adore this series…yep, definitely something wrong with me. Also, I hate how Riordan keeps creating new series in the same world which are apparently continuations of the previous book?!?!? I mean, apparently, you cannot read his latest series without having read all his previous works which is a bummer because AIN’T GOT TIME FOR THAT.
Ohh. Saved the best (worst) one for the last. So, for those of you who don’t know, Chetan Bhagat is this really famous Indian author. He’s kind of the starting base for readers, to pick up his books at the start of their reading journey and broaden and develop their tastes only to realize how ridiculous his books really are. I’m sure out of every Indian who’s an avid reader now, 90% will admit to having read his books at an earlier stage of their reading life and then later given up because in one single word : they’re bad. I remember when I was in 6th grade, I’d read his books (which technically, at that age were ‘forbidden’ to me) and share them with my classmates and laugh and giggle and take joy over his stories. Ahh. The naivety of an eleven year-old! All his books are backed by cliched stories, stereotypical characters and really, really poor writing.
So that was my list of authors I’ve given up on! Which of these authors do you love (or hate)?