When do you blacklist an author?
So… I’ve come across some bad books while reading (God knows I have!) But there are varying degrees of bad. There is the “well, I saw that plot twist coming a mile away,” the “I know the character got from Point A to Point B, but I’m not really sure how,” the “my goodness, where on earth was the editor for this,” the “I really don’t know if I can finish this,” the “I would rather claw my eyes out than read this damn book,” and my personal favorite:
“HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS BOOK IS AWFUL! *throws at wall, shreds pages, burns, resurrects with black magic, locks in chest, infuses with curse, drops into deepest trench at the bottom of the ocean, hatches and raises giant Kraken to ward off anyone from ever finding book, and, just to be safe, sacrifices soul to Demon Lord in hopes the author will never write another book… EVER!*“
You know what I mean? There are just so many different flavors of ‘bad’ when it comes to books. (Kind of like the endless horrid flavors they infused into Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans… like it was a good idea to make people buy food they didn’t like the taste of. >.>)
P.s. Try the pumpkin juice. Sounds weird to us Americans, but it’s actually REALLY yummy!
Anyway! Back on topic, books! And their awfulness! 😂 A few of those types of ‘bad’ aren’t all that bad. Honestly, if the rest of the book is on par, then those are pretty minor facts. (Example: I definitely had the ‘plot twist’ problem in Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, but I LOVED the rest of the book, so I didn’t care! WOO!) On the other hand, there might be a reason for why the book fell into one of the above categories…
They’re a debut author. First published book. Need time to improve.
The author is just having a rough time writing and it’s not one of their best.
If either of these two reasons are the case, there is always the potential that the next book won’t be as bad. Maybe the next story idea is better suited for them and it comes off better on the page than the first, thus making it a better story. Or perhaps the author will have more writing experience under their belt and therefore will have improved writing and an improved story.
And I mean, being a writer myself, I know just how much my writing has changed over time. Heck, even the manuscript I finished this spring might not be my best writing because I’m always improving. For that reason, I like to give authors the benefit of the doubt. I like to give them a second chance and say this was just them getting their foot in the door and with their next book, they’ll be better writers.
What if the writer doesn’t improve? What if their next book is just as bad or, Demon Lord forbid (😉), worse than their first? What if that first book you picked up was so God-awful, absolutely cringe-worthy, and just downright dreadful? Are you really going to waste your time reading another book by that author?
What if you do give that author a second chance, thinking it’s been a year, they’ve had time to improve… and they didn’t! What do you do then?
Hahahaha! I’m just kidding… (or am I? 😒) But in all reality, as I’ve started reading more books (and reading more bad books), I find that I need to prioritize my time. I have to decide what I really want to read and which authors I really want to give a second chance, and… well, those I don’t. Which is why I’ve created…
An Author Blacklist!
That’s right. I quit. I’m so tired of reading these crappy books with their crappy, pathetic, mind-numbing characters, and their weak, undeveloped, unrealistic relationships, and their completely unoriginal, re-hashed-with-no-uniqueness plots, and their inability to make even the slightest plot twist a surprise. If a book is so bad that I literally would rather bang my head against a brick wall because I think it’d be less painful, then I’m NEVER reading a book by that author AGAIN!
So yeah, I’m done.
But what do you think?
Do you blacklist authors?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: