This is a thought born of many small interactions. First, was a Facebook post from a longtime blogger friend (who’s stopped blogging). She’s been an Orson Scott Card fan for years, and her bit about his latest book included this: disappointing.
Then Tom Wolfe’s latest, Back to Blood came out, and when I mentioned to Hubby that it did, he (a long-time fan) said that he really didn’t have much interest in it.
And finally, I’ve been torn about reading Casual Vacancy. Do I want to? I’ve heard both good and bad about it, but how much do I really like Rowling as an author? Enough to read everything she’s written?
Which got me to wondering: how long do you give an author you love before you bail on them? Is there someone you like enough to forgive even their worst books? And if they start churning out “bad” books (or at least ones that you don’t like), how long do you give them before you completely bail, and never pick up another book by them again?
I don’t have any answers. There’s actually very few authors (well, maybe not that few, and all of them are YA) whose entire work I have read. And of those, so far, I’m not inclined to bail on them. But there are some whose first book I loved and second I hated and I never bothered to pick up the third.
So, what about you? How long do you give an author, especially one you’ve really loved in the past, before you say, “No more”?