We all have authors we swear by. We believe in them to always put out excellent content, we’re the first in line in the bookstore when their new book releases, and are ready to argue for as long as possible to prove their amazingness. They’re, basically, ‘favorite authors’.
So, my question is,
I have definitely not. And truth is, I’m not even guilty of it. I can give you tons of examples of authors I absolutely love and adore – but haven’t read everything by them. And on top of that, I’m not even planning on reading these other books by them.
Off the top of my head : Laini Taylor. I recently read Strange the Dreamer by her and she’s definitely a new favorite author to me, but I have absolutely no interest in reading her previous trilogy Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I know for a fact that I won’t be reading it anytime soon. Take Maggie Stiefvater for example, I adored The Raven Cycle (it’s my second favorite YA fantasy series) but I know for surity that I won’t be picking up Stiefvater’s previous works (because they don’t interest me). Or, Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows duology is my favorite YA fantasy series, but I have no interest in picking up her Grisha trilogy.
Moving away from fantasy, let’s move on to other genres. Even though I vehemently talk about my dislike for YA contemporary on this blog, I do have a select few favorites. Say, Rainbow Rowell. I loved her Eleanor and Park and Fangirl though I absolutely disliked Attachments and Landline. However, I still consider her one of my favorites, but I’m no way interested in reading Carry On. Or Jojo Moyes, whose Me Before You I absolutely adored but am not at all interested in her other works. Or, or, OR, take the legend J.K.Rowling. Loved Harry Potter and the Cormoran Strike books but probably will never pick up The Casual Vacancy. Which, brings me to the question :
I always believe that the primary reason for reading a book is your interest in it. Yes, there may be other reasons, like picking up something by your favorite author, or picking up something your friend recommended, but that never stumps the primary reason, for me. No matter who recommends the book to me, and even if the book is written by Khaled Hosseini himself (who’s my number one favorite author) : I wouldn’t read it unless it interests me at least mildly.
I know a lot of people consider not reading everything by a favorite author to be an offense, or literally a crime, but to be honest, according to me it’s fine. If you’re not interested in some book your favorite author has written, then that’s fine. I don’t understand this unnecessary pressure which people assume when it comes to favorite authors.
I feel like you should read something only if you’re interested in it genuinely, and never be obliged to pick up a book just for the sake of it being written by your favorite author. That’s insane pressure, because reading something you’re not interested in only because it’s written by a favorite author is something I cannot imagine doing.
I think it’s totally okay for authors to write something that absolutely blows your mind, and then also write something which you dislike/doesn’t even mildly excite you. Authors are but humans, and every person is different, right? Also, it’s not always necessary for an author to write the similar type of books, or to write books which are of the same level of amazingness. Thus, it’s very much likely that some books by an author you love, and some you don’t.
So that was it for my basic discussion today. This is just something I’ve been meaning to let off my chest lately, and talk to you guys about. I read so many blog posts where people complain about not having read everything by their favorite author, and that slightly scares me (because I know I won’t ever read every single book by my favorite authors ).