Hola my dear bookish friends and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa?
This is a question I’m curious to see all of your answers to. I once thought that I was biased, but I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter whether I love or hate an author, my feelings towards their book will depend on how good the book is.
I don’t have many favorite authors. I have favorite books, which makes me like the author, but it doesn’t make them my favorite ones. Honestly, I can count all my favorite authors on one hand.
So, for me, the question is more like, does my love for another book of the author make me biased towards their other books? No. I don’t think so.
After a lot of recommendations, and just seeing Six of Crows everywhere, I finally decided to read it and see what all the fuss was about. I loved it. It’s sequel, Crooked Kingdom? I loved it too. But when I tried Bardugo’s newest release, Ninth House, I could barely get through the first two chapters.
Despite my love for Bardugo’s other books, it wasn’t able to sway me into pushing through Ninth House.
Another great example is the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. I enjoyed the first two books, seriously disliked the third, and was seriously annoyed with the fourth. Despite the fact that I liked the first two, I wasn’t able to forgive or look past all the mess that happened in the two books after that.
So no. My love for an author, or for some of their books, doesn’t make me biased towards their other books.
If I don’t like a book, however, I think it does make me biased, because then I don’t want to pick up any other books by that author. And if I hear bad things about the author, then I also probably will steer clear of their books, though I believe they (the books) should be treated fairly. The author could be controversial, but their books might be good, and it doesn’t help to rate them when you haven’t read them, or attack people who do read them (more on that here!).
You never know. But I probably still won’t be picking up that author’s books anytime soon.
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So, what do you think? Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa? Do you sometimes feel inclined to rate a book by an author that you like, much higher than you normally would? Do you have many favorite authors? Chat with me in the comments below!