Deb poses an interesting question this week on Booking Through Thursday:
Which is worse?
Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or
Reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?
Reading a completely disappointing book by an author I love is more forgivable than discovering a new author and hating every book you read after the first one. If I love an author and there are many that I do, I'll overlook the disappointing book and continue. But if it becomes a trend, then they lose me. Not every story can be golden, but for some authors like Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, and Linda Howard, you just come to expect it. What a reputation to live up!
I've discovered a lot of new to me authors within the past year and nine times out of ten, their other books have been just as good. Then there is the one, you absolutely love the first one, the 2nd book you try is mediocre. But hey, you decide to give them another chance because that first book just really hit the mark and they are a really really popular author. And again you are disappointed. I think that's the point when I give up on them. It is sad, really. It makes you wonder what happened. Sorry, not going to ditz any authors and name names. We'll just leave it up to your imagination.
Are you disappointed when an author doesn't live up to the hype about them?