I thought Donna’s article, What Makes An Author Worth Reading?, was great. Not only did she share her opinions, she let us know how her opinions are formed. I started to leave a comment on the article several times, then I’d think of another point. It eventually got to be too long. So I thought I’d just write a follow up.
Author or Story
I agree that being familiar with an author can give you a good indication how good their new book may be. I don’t necessarily agree that an author is worth reading. I love the Harry Potter books, and I think the entire series is worth reading. Does that mean that all of J.K. Rowling’s books would be worth reading? I kind of doubt it. We won’t know until she has something else published.
Another example from a shared favorite of ours. J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings too many times to count. I’ve also enjoyed Farmer Giles of Hamm and other stories written by Tolkien. I’m pretty close to being a hardcore Tolkien fan. However, that doesn’t mean I would recommend the entirety of Toliken’s work to someone that enjoyed The Lord of the Rings. Why? Simply put, because I think The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are far too different from his other works.
There are authors that I purchase regularly. Terry Pratchett, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman are on that very short list. There are authors I purchase, because the book is part of a series that I read. There are authors that I will only ever purchase once, because they’ve only written one story that interests me. The last list is probably the longest. Why?
I Choose Story
To me the story is the point. It is the beginning and the end. The alpha and the omega. The story is why I read. Do I read a book because Terry Pratchett, Stephen King or Neil Gaiman wrote it? No. I read their books because I trust them. I trust that they will deliver the goods.
I choose story.
[tags]Fandoms, Books, Opinion, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter[/tags]