23 September 2010

Blocked

Earlier this year I wrote a post entitled Baggage in which I ranted (which is the more accurate, if not the most polite term :) about a particular book that I had serious issues with. In that post I wrote the following:
Do I want to read another book by this author? Yes. Because I am very sure that my issue with the book is due to who I am...and what baggage I bring with me when I travel into the realm created by the author.
At the time my answer to the question I posed seemed...obvious. And yet, even 6 months later, I can't bring myself to pick up another book by this author :( I have heard wonderful things about her writing and have read glowing reviews, but I just can't seem to take that first step. It's like I'm blocked. Every time I think of taking a chance I remember my original issues and walk away.

So, I'm curious (aren't I always *grin*) - have you ever had an issue with a book that has resulted in you being unable to pick up another book by the same author, even if that author is loved by many?

10 comments:

  1. Oh yeah. Of course, right now I'm not remembering specific authors or titles, but I'm particularly harsh if the author has a tendency to always end books with cliffhangers.

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  2. Like Chris, I can't really think of an example right now either, but I can definitely relate to your author hang up. I think I'd respond the same way, especially if my issue with the author was his or her mishandling a social issue with which I have experience or to which am sensitive. So basically I don't blame you for still veering away from said author's other work. And honestly, there are SO many wonderful authors and books out there to read and discover, so don't dwell. (If you are dwelling... ) and just shelve that author for now if not indefinitely. It's okay to do that. =)

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  3. Oh, yeah. Unlike Chris and Christine I can think of names, but am too much of a coward to say anything. :)

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  4. Jodi Picoult's My Sister Keeper did this for me. I will NEVER read her again.

    I still think about those characters. It was a beautifully written and powerful story, but cannot go through another wringer like that again.

    Yasmine Galehorn is another... wasn't able to get into her at all. Her book sounded like it would be something I liked, but for whatever reason... they really annoyed me. I even bought the second book, but just couldn't seem to pick it up to read.

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  5. Sure. Like grammar. Or lack thereof.

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  6. Chris - I loathe cliffhangers! In books and TV series. It's like...keep my interest in the next book with an interesting premise and characters, not a cliffhanger!

    Christine - thank you. Part of me really wants to email the author and ask her why. Maybe if I knew where she was coming from I'd be more predisposed to picking up another book. It may be that the publisher edited extra scenes out - I don't know. I don't want to offend the author though. What do you think?

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  7. Kris - sweetie, you're not a coward...'cause if you are then so am I because I haven't named this author. It just...bugs me!

    Mariana - *hugs* It's frustrating isn't it. You invest in the book and then hit this huge brick wall.

    heidenkind - YES! The funny thing is, if everything else is good I can occasionally forgive. In the case of the book I just read, I think the grammar issues were publishing error - still very frustrating. But if it's major grammar issues -> FAIL!

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  8. I am a firm believer in the good old adage that "it's not what you say, but how you say it." SO I think if it's important to you and you want to know more, you can certainly email the author and ask for an explanation. I think--no, I KNOW you are a sensitive and intelligent person and will be able to ask your questions respectfully without offending her or causing her to act defensively. And wouldn't it be great for you to have answers. It may be the case that you won't like what she says, but then you will know one way or the other if you will read more by this author, right?

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  9. I know of at least one author that I will not be picking up and reading again. After several books that upset me in some way I've just decided that I can't do it any longer - and why force myself, really? There are so many authors out there that I DO like that I'm not suffering. Don't beat yourself up about it. What works for others doesn't always work for me...or you. :)

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  10. Christine - thank you :) I really do want to know. And you're right, maybe it will help me over the block.

    Tracy - very true. When there are so many good books out there, why force yourself. I think that's the great thing - everyone likes something different, so there is usually something for everyone :)

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