Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is: Which is worse: Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?
My first thought that I would be more disappointed by an unlikable book by an author I love … but then as I continued thinking about it. One “bad” book by an author isn’t necessarily the end of the world, particularly if that book is somehow categorically different than the rest of the writer’s books that you love. Perhaps you’ve read this person’s fiction. Well, it shouldn’t be a huge deal to somewhat dislike his/her nonfiction, because that’s quite different. Or, if the author in question writes literary fiction, and you love it. But then you discover that this author also writes science fiction. With a pen name. Disappointing, yes, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal if the book you dislike falls into a different, avoidable, category of work. If this happens, you’re simply learning something else about what you like — and it may not be too hard to avoid another such disappointment.
But, finding a book you love, getting all excited about having found a new great author, and then disliking everything else you read by said author? Pretty disappointing.
So, I guess my answer is, a disappointing book by a favorite author is worse, unless that book is categorically different from the author’s other books you’ve read and enjoyed. Otherwise, a one-hit wonder author is pretty disappointing.
What do you think?