|This is how I feel when I write discussion posts.|
I’ve seen a few posts in the blogosphere about auto-buy authors. These are authors who you love so much that you buy every book they write, no matter what the book is about. I decided to write a post about my auto-buy authors, but in the process of writing it, I realized . . . I don’t have any.
Most of my favorite authors have books out that I haven’t read because they just don’t sound interesting. For example, I love Margaret Atwood, but I haven’t read any of her nonfiction, and I have no desire to read it. I also love Stephen King, but some of his novels have horrible reviews and don’t sound very appealing to me. I’ll probably read them someday, but they’re low on my priority list. The author isn’t the main factor that I consider when I’m deciding whether or not to buy a book. The synopsis is far more important. I think that’s why I don’t have any auto-buy authors.
I am more likely to buy a book if it’s written by one of my favorite writers. I wasn’t planning on reading Rainbow Rowell’s Landline, but then I saw the hardcover at a scratch-and-dent sale for $1.99. I bought it because it was cheap and I love Rainbow Rowell. (And the book turned out to be pretty good. I’m glad I read it. Maybe Rainbow Rowell should be my first auto-buy author.)
Since I don’t have any auto-buy authors, I started wondering if I have any never-buy authors. I don’t think I do. There are a few authors whose writing styles get on my nerves. I usually avoid books by those writers, but if one of them wrote something that sounded really interesting, I’d probably read it.
What about you? Do you have auto-buy authors? Are there any authors who you refuse to read? How do you decide whether or not to buy a certain book?