Reading-Chat Monday: Hating Books by Favorite Authors
We all have favorite authors. And we all have favorite books by our favorite authors. And if we’re lucky, we might have some that find less favor with us, but which we still like.
And when our favorite authors are long-since gone, that’s not problematic. But what about our favorite authors who are still alive and writing?
I recently started reading historical romances by Eloisa James. I’d read a novella of hers last year and really enjoyed it, even though I don’t usually read novellas. So when I saw she had a new series out that are Regency-set retellings of fairytales, I decided to give her another shot. I downloaded the audiobook of the first one in the series, A Kiss at Midnight, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The second book in the series, When Beauty Tamed the Beast, was just okay—but, as already mentioned, there will always be books by our favorite authors which we might not like. I figured that one would be the misfire in this series for me. And then I got to the most recent book, The Duke is Mine. I couldn’t even finish the book, I disliked it so much!
But I really enjoy James’s writing style and the way she structures her story. She’s one of the only general-market historical romance authors I’ve read recently who doesn’t have her hero and heroine start lusting after each other on the first page and start making out and/or fall into bed together by the fourth or fifth chapter. She takes time to let the relationship between the characters develop before she brings in the physical aspect of the relationship, and I appreciate that. It means there are fewer scenes I need to skip/skim and more story to dig into.
But she was now only 1 of 3 for me with her full-length novels. So I decided to try a book in a different series. I got onto Audible.com and searched for her and then started reading the blurbs of her books. I found one that sounded great—Fool for Love—and started listening to it. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series or that she would spend half the book focusing on characters from the first book whose viewpoint scenes have absolutely nothing to do with the developing relationship between the characters who are supposed to be the “stars” of this book. So it’s been hard to convince myself to listen to it, when more than half the time (it seems), I’m hearing about characters I care absolutely nothing for. Would this be different if I’d read the first book first? Maybe. But maybe not—because I just really don’t like these characters from the first book, at least not the way they’re presented in this one.
So that brings me to my Reading Chat question for today.
What do you do when a favorite author (or one you thought might become a favorite author) disappoints you with a book you don’t like? How many chances will you give an author before you give up on his/her books completely?