Today on Teenage Musings, I feel honoured to host Jack’s very first discussion post! I think this is a great topic and something I’ve thought about more and more, as, like Jack, I’ve read books I’ve disliked. Read what Jack thinks and join in on the discussion!
Discussion Post by Jack
Do Authors Deserve a Second Chance?
I’ve been dealing with that question a lot recently, after reading a good few books that I disliked quite a bit. Is it a difficult question to answer? In my opinion, yes, it is. And I think there are people who could easily answer the question of whether a reader should allow themselves to read another book by an author whom they may have had trouble with in the past while reading their previous books. But when I try to answer this question, I end up confusing myself because there are so many different answers, and my head gets a bit jumbled! So when it comes down to it, I can’t give you a direct answer. All I can say is that, for me, it really depends. Let me elaborate…
Ok, let’s not kid ourselves here. There have been times where I’ve read a book and all I want to do is smash my head through a wall. And although you may not have been in a situation as serious, there is bound to be a book in which you’ve read and were completely disgusted by. So the question is, should we take the risk and try another one of their novels? It’s a big risk, because we don’t have the time to waste reading books we don’t enjoy. Is it worth it? So I think we can all relate to this question, but in different ways. Let’s pretend you just read a book and completely and utterly hated it. Now, does the author of that book deserve a second chance?
No way in hell! Wow, that’s a bit harsh, but I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been there myself. Now lets discuss the reasons you might never give a certain author another chance. I think if I’m certain that I’ll never read a book by a certain author, it would have to have something to do with the writing. The writing is not only the author’s signature, chance to show off how unique and different they are compared to other writers, but you can’t enjoy a book if the writing is choppy and doesn’t glide the reader along. The writing is arguably the most important aspect of a novel, so if it’s poor them everything is ruined. Plus, if it’s the author’s style of writing that you really dislike, then it’s probably a good idea to stay away from any of their other novels.
Hmm, I’m not quite sure, maybe? Now this is quite a difficult situation to be in, unsure of whether to take the risk and give the author another chance. But again, it depends of what aspects of the book you disliked. I find myself in this situation mostly when the plot didn’t really agree with me. If you found the plot unoriginal, or just plain boring, there still might be hope for your relationship with the authors books! It may have been a lousy idea for a story line, but does it take away from how good an author he/she is? Think about that and if the answer is no, then I’m sorry but I think the risk isn’t worth it. But if you answered yes, then maybe, just maybe, you could give another one of their novels a try and, you never know, you might actually enjoy it!
Sure, why not? You’re obviously someone who has a lot of time on their hands for reading, so therefore I despise you. Why not? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because you HATED the first book you read of theirs?
Yes, I always give authors another chance just to make sure. Aww, how nice of you! I’m sure the author would appreciate that, but obviously you’re not in the same boat as we are. You didn’t want to smash your head through a wall, did you? Ah, I guessed it. Sorry, this post is only for people who read a book that they absolutely hated, so shoo! But seriously, I think it’s pretty fair to give authors one more chance to see if they actually did write some good books.
So there’s a couple of answers you could come across as you battle with the question of whether authors deserve a second chance. I thought I’d share with you some of my experiences with books I disliked and how I decided what to do. Here are a few examples:
Last Chance Angel by Alex Gutteridge: It’s no secret that I really disliked this novel, and I think it’s the author’s debut. But I no for sure that I won’t be reading another novel by this author again. There wasn’t one thing I liked about it, and to be honest I don’t even know how I finished it, but I do wish the author well as I think some other readers might enjoy her books, but they certainly aren’t for me.
Chasing The Dark by Sam Hepburn:I was only sixty pages in when I had to put this novel down. After having a completely unrealistic and annoying story line, I just didn’t think I could handle reading the whole novel. The style of writing was something that really bugged me in this novel, so I don’t think I’ll be reading another novel by this author again.
Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie: Girl, Missing is one of my favourite books, and it holds so many childhood memories for me. So when I finally decided to pick up the sequel I was so disappointed I was almost reduced to tears. This was one of the worst sequels I’ve ever read. It just felt sloppy and rushed, and the storyline was just terrible and negative. Sophie McKenzie is such a talented and popular author, I expected so much more from her. With that said, I still think I’ll finish the series and read the last book in the last book in the trilogy one day, because I do like McKenzie’s writing, just not in Sister, Missing.
So there you have it, just a few of my experiences. I hope my thoughts have helped you make the big decision in deciding whether an author deserves a second chance. After everything, I think it really does just depend. It depends on how much you disliked the book, your experiences with that author in the past, how passionate you are about a certain genre. It can be very confusing, as I said at the beginning, and sometimes if you don’t give the author a second chance, you’ll never know. What do you think? Do authors deserve a second chance? Do you agree with what I said?