Welcome to my first official LTB post of 2020! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussions meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books!
This week’s topic: Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa?
In short I would say: yes.
It also kind of depends on where your love/hate for the author comes from.
If you love/hate an author because you enjoy/dislike their writing, your bias towards a new book of theirs is actually justified, in my opinion. You won’t be able to go into the book open-minded because you already know you don’t like their writing (or adore it). So it might be difficult but I think if you actually turn out to love (or hate) this new book, your prior attitude towards the author won’t necessarily matter anymore. (If you can get yourself to read a book by an author whose writing you usually don’t like..)
However, if you hate/love an author because of something that’s not related to their writing, for example their political stance or something they said/did, I think it will definitely be difficult to stay open-minded. It’s difficult to enjoy something made by someone you don’t like (or vice versa). I don’t think you will enjoy or dislike the book as much as you would have if you didn’t care about the author at all.
Does your love (or hate) for a book make you biased towards the author?
I want to say it depends here, too.
Just a simple dislike or like for a book won’t necessarily make you biased towards an author. Usually when I like/dislike a book, I only might decide (not) to read another book of theirs.
However, if you really have a problem with a book, or you just really love it, that will definitely make you (not) want to read more of the author’s books.
That just makes sense, I suppose. To me, at least.
Do you agree? Disagree? What’s your take on these questions?
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