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Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
« on: January 05, 2012, 08:55:11 am »
This post made me decide to NOT read a book that I was considering before, am I the only one who does this?
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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read there books?
    « Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 09:06:18 am »
    No you are not the only one. I have removed books from my to be read pile and placed others in my "never read anything by" based on posts here at KB.
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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 09:13:35 am »
    I think a lot of people forget they need to keep their image up. Quite a few times I get turned off from reading by an attitude. Also goes for actors, musicians, etc. I have a few of those on my never-watch list because I cannot get past their rude, real life attitudes. On the other hand, if I spot one being nice, I am more inclined to try their stuff. I have found some great new stuff that way.
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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read there books?
    « Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 09:39:21 am »
    No you are not the only one. I have removed books from my to be read pile and placed others in my "never read anything by" based on posts here at KB.

    I'm the same way, Intinst. Don't get me wrong. I've discovered some wonderful writers here on the KB, and many of them are KB members whose posts I love to read. On those occasions when I've run into posts that completely turn me off, I won't read the books that those people have written. I feel the same way about writers' posts that are riddled with errors. I have too many books that were written by people who really care about their craft to waste my time and money on those of writers who simply churn out poor quality books.




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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #4 on: January 05, 2012, 09:43:20 am »
    I'm the same way, Intinst. Don't get me wrong. I've discovered some wonderful writers here on the KB, and many of them are KB members whose posts I love to read. On those occasions when I've run into posts that completely turn me off, I won't read the books that those people have written. I feel the same way about writers' posts that are riddled with errors. I have too many books that were written by people who really care about their craft to waste my time and money on those of writers who simply churn out poor quality books.
    You remind me that I forgot to mention that I also put authors on "buy every book by" based on other posts and general demeanor here at KB.
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    « Reply #5 on: January 05, 2012, 09:49:00 am »
    You all have made me make two new list on my GR account! Will never read and authors I love! =)

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #6 on: January 05, 2012, 09:58:59 am »
    This post made me decide to NOT read a book that I was considering before, am I the only one who does this?

    Well I just removed this one from my list also. I had a sample since it has been recommended so much on Romance/YA forums. After reading that immature authors drivel, I deleted the sample off my Kindle and yes, I do have a list.

    Its also not the first time I removed a sample or a TBR. I was vocal about this recently here.

    So absolutely it affects my buying and reading that way. There are a lot of books out there that I wont bother with an author that acts like a bratty child. Its a total turn off for me.

    In the 3 years I been here on KB specifically I have come across writers that lost me forever as a reader, just by their comments. Others if they wrote in genres I read, I would pick up in a heartbeat based on the same.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #7 on: January 05, 2012, 12:15:52 pm »
    Nope, makes no difference to me. I am a big big fan of Philip Pullman's books, but his personal views and public utterances on certain things are anathema to me. I am a fan of the books, not the man, despite the fact that his books - just like CS Lewis's books before him - represent a personal yet flowery take on things.

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    « Reply #8 on: January 05, 2012, 01:35:54 pm »
    I think when readers spend money on books they are entitled to share their opinion. (which is why I love the verified purchase heads-up on Amazon). I also think authors should not respond to critical reviews.
     
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    « Reply #9 on: January 05, 2012, 01:46:00 pm »
    The only time an author's statements made me not want to read a book is when the author queried me to review a book.  At that point, it was usually a matter of "this author is a psycho and I am not going to put myself in that position."  But insofar as buying books to read?  I rarely pay attention to authors' personal blogs unless I've become a big fan of their work.  I mean, I come across a book.  I like the cover.  I like the blurb.  I read an excerpt and like it.  I buy it.  If I follow the author later and find out he or she is a wacko, I stop reading the blog but if the next book appeals to me I'm buying it anyway.

    I don't need to agree with someone to appreciate good writing.  I don't even need to like someone to appreciate good writing.  But then again, I have always had a rather compartmentalized brain that way. 

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #10 on: January 05, 2012, 01:58:47 pm »
    I've enjoyed many novels written by people with whom I disagree, and even a few by people that I consider to be total jerks. That's not true of non-fiction.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #11 on: January 05, 2012, 02:08:52 pm »
    Someone have a minor freakout on the internet doesn't bother me; that blog link is rather tame. Just a little steam blowing.

    For me, it's the people who constantly promote and say things like "we're all in this together" and promote backscratching. It's one thing to promote someone because you actually like their stuff...it's another to do it because you want it returned, or want it to help you out. I get a greasy feeling from that.

    Also, I don't read people who say working on their craft isn't important; I know those books will be a waste of my time.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #12 on: January 05, 2012, 02:10:12 pm »
    No.  I look at it this way.  Writers write.  When someone else might rant to a friend, a writer is more likely to write it down.  It isn't the smartest thing to do, especially making it public, but everyone is entitled to a bad day.

    The author said she has been really ill.  She hints that what she wrote might be some of her personal experiences shared.  My guess is that she used her life story, it has been a difficult life, and when people are harsh in their reviews it is more than she can deal with.

    The older I get, the more tolerant of these things I become.  I guess I recognize my flaws in others.  I've said some really stupid things.  That doesn't mean I am a stupid person.  I am hopeful that people do not judge me on my worst moment, when that moment might be one in a million.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #13 on: January 05, 2012, 02:14:01 pm »
    The older I get, the more tolerant of these things I become.  I guess I recognize my flaws in others.  I've said some really stupid things.  That doesn't mean I am a stupid person.  I am hopeful that people do not judge me on my worst moment, when that moment might be one in a million.

    An occasional bad day doesn't bother me. In fact, that just shows they are human. Jim Butcher had a bit of a meltdown a few months ago because someone inferred he was a racist in a book review. Did I stop loving Jim Butcher? Not at all. He had a bad day, was up against a deadline with a book that fans wanted and he was late getting out and he snapped a bit.

    But, if Jim let's say did this every week, whined all day about the unfairness of the world, called readers stupid...yeah, I'd eventually dump him because I'd stop hearing Harry Dresden and instead hear Jim Butcher.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #14 on: January 05, 2012, 02:17:19 pm »
    Folks,

    While I think this is a fair Book Corner discussion, having a link to another site falls under the WHOA rue (What Happens oOn Another site stays on the other site) and the question can be asked without the example, I'm removing references, thanks.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #15 on: January 05, 2012, 03:33:37 pm »
    Occasionally, but not usually. I can usually put my own pleasure or edification above an artist's personal views  :)

    However, just like for any other artist or manufacturer or corporation, I might decide not to make a purchase based on not supporting political, racial, environmental, etc. views (that I disagree with) if they are using their public exposure to further such views. I dont believe in censorship but I do believe in the power of the public and free market.

    I have also declined to read/purchase a book based on a forward written by the author that demonstrated that she didnt have the background to create a realistic foundation for the science that her book was based on. There were factual errors in the forward that just indicated to me that I wouldnt be legitimately engaged in what was, to me, the most important parts of the book.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read there books?
    « Reply #16 on: January 05, 2012, 04:21:18 pm »
    No you are not the only one. I have removed books from my to be read pile and placed others in my "never read anything by" based on posts here at KB.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #17 on: January 05, 2012, 04:57:34 pm »
    Yes, mostly "Buy my book!". Authors barging into recommendation threads and pushing their books is really irritating and instantly puts me in a negative frame of mind about them.  And "Love the art, hate the artist" isn't something I've ever been able to reconcile.
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    « Reply #18 on: January 05, 2012, 06:32:04 pm »
    I would like to say that no, comments from authors that I don't agree with or find offensive wouldn't turn me off from reading their books but that isn't necessarily true either. Usually it would take more than one comment though but not always.
    I really do try to consider that sometimes we all have bad days and say things that we shouldn't that we probably kick ourselves for later. No one is perfect.

    If I do find that someone has a really bad attitude always though, then yay, I avoid their books. But that is for any author not just KB ones.
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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #19 on: January 05, 2012, 07:10:58 pm »
    If the author is writing non-fiction, and the author's comments about the topic of the book seem shallow or otherwise uninteresting, I won't want to read a book-length commentary by that author.

    But fiction? I only care if the person writes well. I'm looking for a good read, not a good buddy.

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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #20 on: January 05, 2012, 07:14:40 pm »
    No, I don't really care.  Authors are people, are going to have their opinions and I'm going to disagree with them sometimes.  If the writing is good I'll still read it.
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    « Reply #21 on: January 05, 2012, 07:35:50 pm »
    Yes. I am somewhat reluctant to know too much about an author. If something makes me dislike the author, it makes me like their books less. I have a great many authors to choose from, I don't need to read any particular author.

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    « Reply #22 on: January 05, 2012, 08:41:19 pm »
    I like Anita's comment "I only care if the person writes well. I'm looking for a good read, not a good buddy." As a reader--and now, an author--I don't like the author to come between the reader and the story. Once I decide I really like the way an author (of fiction) writes and want to read more of that person, then I like to find out about person behind the pen. Just my point of view.

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    « Reply #23 on: January 05, 2012, 09:48:46 pm »
    The day before yesterday I discovered that a writer was calling a reviewer a, um, well, let's just say a type of hole. This was a tad upsetting for me, what with having read two books of hers that were going to feed into rave reviews. Now, she can go to, well, let's just say she shouldn't bring a parka.
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    Re: Do things authors say make you NOT want to read thier books?
    « Reply #24 on: January 05, 2012, 10:16:30 pm »
    I've been thinking about this thread all day.* I think I'm more bothered by bigoted and racist groups that authors sometimes belong to, as opposed to their words. There is one particular author whose work I will not purchase because he belongs to a group that is so offensive to me that I cannot in conscience give money to him, no matter how little.




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