Monday, March 19, 2018
Ramblings from the Stacks - Authors vs Books
I remember a time, pre-blogging, pre-Twitter and other social media, and pre-Facebook, when authors seemed mysterious shadowy figures. The bio paragraph and the picture on the dust jacket was about all I knew about them.
That's not the case anymore. Between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and all kinds of other social media so many authors are incredibly accessible. My Twitter feed and my book shelf have many of the same names which most of the time is absolutely amazing. I can see their progress on their current work in progress, learn publication dates and all kinds of bits of trivia about how they work or where their inspiration come from. It's fascinating. However, what also happens when authors step out of the shadows is that they become actual people - actual people with opinions and personalities. And sometimes I don't always love the person revealed.
Now my question is - does not liking an author effect the readers enjoyment of the book? For me not really. There was a case several years ago when an author decided it was okay to essentially stalk a blogger and show up at her house after a bad Goodreads review. That'll probably keep me from picking up that particular person's books. I'll also hesitate if an author is mocking reviewers or responding to reviews in a negative manner. However, a mishmash of political views or personalities doesn't bother me. I might unfollow them on Twitter but if I like the book it'll be on my pre-order list just the same as if we were best friends.
How do you feel about the accessibility of authors - especially when it comes to the negative side?