Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question:
Do you hesitate to read a book by your favorite author when it gets bad or lackluster reviews?
My answer to this question is No. In general, I don’t get deterred by bad reviews, not only when it comes to a book by a favorite author of mine, but also when I pick up books by authors that are new to me. Sure, I may start reading them with a critical eye, but then I like making up my own mind. I’m the kind of person that likes experiencing things first hand. I like going to the source myself and see how things really look like. And this is my attitude also towards books.
Furthermore, reviews are subjective in their very nature. I may love a book that someone else hates or can’t even stand, and that’s the beauty of literature, I believe. There’s no “you have to like this” condition; on the contrary people can say their opinion and offer their own interpretation.
So when a favorite author of mine releases a book and it gets bad reviews on Goodreads or Amazon, I will pick it up nonetheless. I will read it and then I’ll say my opinion of it. It doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily like it, just because it’s written by a favorite author. Once finished, I may agree with the other bad reviews, but at least I was able to experience the book myself, before saying my thoughts on it. That’s my philosophy 🙂
What about you? Do you pass on a book by your favorite author, when it receives bad reviews?