if only this were a post about cheesecake.
Posted March 9, 2017on:
It’s the best, to read a book and love it, and seek out more by the same author, and love those books too.
It’s the best, to meet an author at a convention or a book signing, or some other event, and find out they are just the nicest person in the world.
Thanks to the internet, us fans can find out everything about the authors we read – what their early non-writing jobs were, if they did any special writing workshops, if they teach at a university anywhere, what bookstores they might be doing book signings at, what their pets look like, if they have a cool new hairstyle, their favorite sports teams, if they like to play videogames, if they like to garden, their family cheesecake recipe. You get the idea. Yay internet!
Thanks to the internet, us fans can find out everything about the authors we read – their political views, if they really really like something or really really dislike it, their lifestyle, how they raise their kids, and many very personal details about their private life. Yay internet?
Here’s where I’m going with all of this.
you read a book. You love the book. you seek out titles by that same author that you also enjoy.
You then find out the author’s political views are the complete opposite of yours. Or they live a type of lifestyle that you don’t agree with. Or they do something regrettable at a public event and they aren’t embarrassed by what happened (or maybe are quite embarrassed, but can’t turn back the clock), or they were involved with a project that ended up being controversial, or even worse, that they don’t like cheesecake.
So, what do you do? Do you continue to enjoy their fiction (because you liked it just find before you found out they didn’t like cheesecake, right?)? Do you stop reading their stuff? I guess the same could be said for artists of any kind – musicians, composers, painters, fashion designers, architects, etc.
I am not going to name names, and if you comment to this post, I do not want you to name names either. This isn’t about any particular author, or any particular anything. I’m just curious to know if us as readers, fans, reviewers, and critics, give a shit about the personal lives of the authors whose works we enjoy. Or to be more specific, how much of shit do we give. Should we give a shit? If yes, how much?
by they way? Cheesecake is awesome, and if you like cheesecake you should totally go eat some. If you don’t like cheesecake, you should go eat something that you do like. Maybe, apple pie? or cherry pie? or pumpkin pie? or lemon meringue pie? or key lime pie? If you don’t like any of those things, umm….. i guess that means more for me!