This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Suggested by Simon Thomas:
Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse – a biography has made you love an author more?
I assume this has to do with the controversy that Natasha blogged about earlier this week.
But to answer the question in my own way…I suppose the answer is yes, though it’s never been over an author’s biography. Frankly, I don’t seek out more information on an author than what is provided on the book jacket, so there’s really not much to love or hate from the little morsel provided there.
When I went to see Wally Lamb, though, and when he talked about teaching the writing class at a women’s maximum security prison, I was enthralled. THIS is an author who is doing good, who is giving back. THIS is an author that I can respect, admire, and love.
If Wally Lamb had talked about his efforts to eradicate butterflies and kittens, I may have been put off. So I suppose that an author’s personal life, personal history, personal beliefs, could come into play. But their personal life or beliefs would have to be pretty horrendous for me to boycott their work.
Then again, when an author says something that I wholeheartedly agree with, like when Stephen King recently said Stephenie Meyer isn’t a good writer…well, let’s just say I’ll probably be buying some brand new Stephen King hardcover books in the near future. However, if I totally disagreed with him, I’d blow off his opinion as a stuffy old man who’s forgotten what it’s like to enjoy a good book.
It’s all about perspective, right?
What do you think? Have you every been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse – a biography has made you love an author more?