Thursday, February 5, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Too Much Information?

Suggested by Simon Thomas:
Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse - a biography has made you love an author more?

I haven't read many author biographies, but even if I had and didn't like what I read, I don't think that it would make me not want to read their books. In fact, yes, I do think learning more about them would make me want to read their books more, especially if I hadn't heard of them before.

You know what really makes me want to read an author's book is feeling like I've gotten to know them personally, which is happening more and more with the amount of blogging authors have started to do (or vlogging as John Green does) or Twittering or making themselves available for books signings and such. When they let us be part of the whole writing process, of course we'll run out and buy the book when it's done. Some of them have really figured this out!

What might turn me off of an author is if they have really stand-offish behavior at something like a book signing. I haven't experienced this yet, but I've heard of it. That would make me really sad if I learned of my favorite authors being obnoxious to fans.... however, I'd probably still read their books.


  1. nice answer. I agree with you about how they would act/treat people at a book signing. That would have more impact on me reading or not reading their books.

  2. Yeah, I don't think it would stop me from reading their books either.

  3. KNowing more about an author can definitely make me want to read more of his or her works.

  4. Direct interactions with authors does make me more eager to try the authors' books, although ultimately, I have to have an interest in the reading the book at all.

    I read a handful of authors whose behavior towards readers hasn't always been stellar. I find that disappointing, but it hasn't turned me away from their books.



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