Don’t you just hate it when your favorite author’s new book disappoints?
Picture this: Your favorite author has a book coming up. You pre-order it. You anticipate the release for months and months. You AVOID reading spoilers. You are able to get an ARC/eARC of the book. You read it. And then…. you end up getting disappointed by the story, the plot, the characters. You think it’s a FLUKE. You can’t wait to read the next book in the series. You pre-order it. You anticipate the release for months and months. You AVOID reading spoilers. You are able to get an ARC/eARC of the book. You read it. And then…. you end up getting disappointed by the story, the plot, the characters.
Sound familiar? Well, that is me. For about a year or so, I have been plagued by underwhelming stories by my favorite authors and I really don’t know what to do. See, I have favorite (if you check my tags for favorite authors) one-click/auto-buy authors and a few of them have been disappointing me. I’m really not sure if that is a trend OR if my reading tastes have changed over the years but I am starting to panic!
I’m really not sure if it’s me OR if it is just that I am at a different stage in my life right now (yes, it’s me). Unfortunately, I am one of those readers who are cautious about trying new authors. Not that I do NOT try new authors BUT I am a little bit hesitant. I usually read the first chapter of a book and if it doesn’t capture my attention, I move on. For those that I try via audiobook, you are in luck because it usually takes me a few chapters in to decide if I put the book on my on hold or DNF list. But if you are my favorite author, I really FINISH the book even if I find that I am underwhelmed, or worse, do not LIKE the story at all.
There are just times where I think about what could have gone wrong. I always try to give these authors the benefit of a doubt and hope that the next book blows me away. But then, it doesn’t seem to be the case. And this happens multiple times for it not to be a fluke! At this point, I feel betrayed. Should I continue to read more of your books OR should I give your books a rest AND try a new author instead?
I felt like I invested a lot of time on their books (previous books that I really LOVED) and spent time promoting them (even if I don’t get anything out of it) because I really LOVED the book. Some of these books have even HELPED me during times of pain and sorrow. Some of these books have helped me through a lot of tough things in my life and I count them as my friends. And now that the newer books have been a disappointment to me, I don’t know if I should continue on promoting it.
I’m really in a bind and I have been thinking about this for a few months now. I have been reading more new-to-me authors at this point and I think the diversity HAS HELPED me. But then again, I steel weep tears of blood when I think about my GO TO authors. My FAVORITES who have disappointed me.
So now, dear readers, I ask you this: What do you do when your favorite go to author disappoints you? Share your thoughts below.