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After the Honeymoon – Booking Through Thursday

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?

I don’t know that I’ve ever fallen out of love with a favorite author so much as the initial infatuation passes by. Though I believe I’m in the middle of falling out of love with a favorite author right now.

I’ve blogged about it as recently as a week ago. Laurell K. Hamilton hit a bullseye on my heart when I read Guilty Pleasures. And the series just seemed to be getting better and better!! Until…book six. And I hear it just gets trashier. I’ll stick with it, but I’m definitely not in love, let alone infatuated. I guess I’ll finish the series because “we’ve been together this long”…might as well see where it takes us. Kwim?

And then there’s Maeve Binchy. I’ve read almost all of her books. Let me qualify that by saying I’d read all of her books up until a couple of years ago. So let’s say anything written in the past five years by her, I may or may not have read. I don’t know that I fell out of love; I think I just grew up. My tastes changed, I wanted something meatier when reading. It’s the difference between marrying someone at 19 or 29. The 19-year-old will usually make a far different decision than the 29-year-old. Don’t get me wrong; I just bought one of her newer books…it’s just that, I don’t get the butterflies I used to get when reading her. It’s not bad…it’s just…different.

What about you? (And if you don’t want to reinvent the wheel ’cause you’ve already answered this question on your own blog, feel free to post the link in the comments…I’d love to come read your answer!!)

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15 Responses to “After the Honeymoon – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Thomma Lyn

    I posted about this here, but I hear you on Maeve Binchy — I think I would have loved her stuff when I was younger, but I tried to read one of her books about a year ago and it just wasn’t working for me.

    Happy BTT! πŸ™‚

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  2. Melody

    I agree that our moods does play a part in our reading.

    Happy BTT and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  3. CJHill

    You and I are in completely agreement as far as LKH goes. I loved her first books but her most recent are just sad. No plot, no character development – just Anita being… well, it sounds like you know. I’ve pretty much given up on the series after reading Micah and not really enjoying it.

    cjh

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  4. Ann Darnton

    I’m sure you’ve hit on two really important points here, Trish – the change in ourselves and the predictability of certain writers. The reason I’m sure about this is because it’s precisely what I’d just decided I would have to write about!! Great minds and all that!

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  5. Maree

    I’m having the same sort of moment with a lot of “chick-lit” novels. Just growing past them, I guess.

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  6. mervih

    Most of the time the latter happens to me, as well: I no longer love the authors I used to because I’m the one who has changed.

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  7. ravenousreader

    Very good point, Trish, that sometimes we, as readers, simply outgrow some of our once favorite authors, especially those who tend to rely on a similar ‘formula’ in their work.

    I can think of several for whom that applies in my case…

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  8. Chris@bookarama

    I agree that as we get older our tastes change.

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  9. gautami tripathy

    I said the same thing on my blog. It all depends on our mood and time. With age our tastes change.

    My BTT post!

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  10. Heather (errantdreams)

    I tried to think of an answer for this one but really couldn’t. My own fault, though—I’m always flitting from author to author, so I’m not convinced I stay with one long enough to notice if they fall from grace!

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  11. Lezlie

    Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books were on my post, too! I am so disappointed at the direction they went. πŸ™

    Happy Valentine’s Day anyway! πŸ™‚

    Lezlie

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  12. bkclubcare

    I haven’t followed too many authors… I think I read all of Janet Evanovich’s and then got distracted so I have yet to pick up her latest 2 or 3. I’ve always thought I’d get back to them eventually. So, I can’t say this BTT applies to my reading ‘style’ – if that is what you’d call it.

    Excellent post and I agree that mood and interests change with time.

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  13. Stephanie

    I really enjoyed the first few LKH’s too! I hear the last one is really good though. Not so trashy. I guess I’ll just have to finish the series and see.

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  14. Literary Feline

    I am not quite ready to give up on LKH. I’m still interested in what happens to her characters and so I’ll hang on for a little while longer. It hasn’t worked out though between Patricia Cornwell and I. As soon as I stopped caring about her characters, I had to say goodbye.

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  15. jeane

    Everybody’s taste changes as they get older and go through different life stage. I think very few authors will hold my attention forever, and I don’t really expect them to. After all, they are people and grow and change too, so when their writing starts to reflect that it only seems natural we might drift apart.

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