Thursday, March 21, 2013
7:53 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Welecome to the first official That Awkward Thursday! I am super excited about this new feature. If you have been reading my blog the last couple of weeks you have probably seen the post that this feature originated from. This feature will take the phrase That awkward moment...then fill it in with a bookish related topic. Topics so far have been: That awkward moment a cover you love gets redesigned & That awkward moment you like the movie more than the book. Now, on to this week's topic.
That Awkward Moment you Love the Author but Hate the Book
As book bloggers this is bound to happen to you at some point or another. You meet an author, be it in person at a conference or on social media, and you love him or her. They are so incredibly awesome. They are so awesome in fact that you know you MUST read their book(s). So off you go to the book store to buy said book. You get it home and immediately begin to read it. Then, 20 pages in you realize you would rather suffer through some medieval torture ritual than to continue reading.
Now, this person that you LOVE and have somewhat befriended knows you are reading their book and wants to know your thoughts. Obviously, you can't tell them exactly what you are feeling but at the same time you can't lie and tell everyone how much you loved said book when that is the furthest thing from the truth. So what do you?
Luckily, this has only (kind of) happened to me once. I was extra lucky that I met this person that was super nice at a book convention and she had no idea who I was. She was nice and talked to me for about 10 minutes but I didn't tell her I was a blogger or anything (I was just getting serious about getting it started) so it was rather simple for me.
I read the book and didn't like it at all. It wasn't that the book wasn't well written because it was. The book just wasn't for me. I published the review and gave it 2 cows. I was honest about what I didn't like (It was a slow developing story.) and said that it was well written but just wasn't for me. Simple, right?
The thing is I am terrified that I will befriend an author on twitter (now that I am socializing a little more, but I still need some work in the social media department) and we have a conversation something like this:
Me: "OMG, your book sounds great! I can't wait to read it!"
Wonderful new author friend: "Yay! Glad you think so! Be sure to let me know what you think when you finish!"
Me: "Of course, I'm sure I'll love it!"
A few days later...
Me: *Closes book.* "That is the worst book I have ever attempted to read.*
The next day...
Me: "Oh no! Wonderful author friend is on twitter, right now!" *Quickly, exits twitter and prays wonderful new author friend doesn't tweet me.*
This whole conversation is obviously an extremely exaggerated example but I think you get my point. The more you talk to authors, the more likely you are to encounter something similar. A friend of mine that isn't an actual book blogger told me a similar story where she began talking to the author on Goodreads and the author told her to let her know what she thought of her book. I'm sure you guessed she didn't love it. She told me that it was incredibly awkward and she ended up posting her review on Goodreads and stated what she didn't like about the book and didn't contact the author directly about her thoughts.
Honestly, there isn't a good way to handle this situation. You can't say you loved it, when you didn't. At the same time, you don't want to hurt your new friend's feelings. I think that my way of handling it would depend on how close I was to the author. If I only talked to them a few times on twitter, I would probably just post the review. However, if this was someone I was really, truly friends with and talked to them on a regular basis I probably just wouldn't post a review at all. I would try to kindly tell them that I didn't love their book and would rather do an author interview, guest post, or promo. I am hoping that if I befriended said author then they would have a good character and be understanding.
Of course what I am really hoping is that this never, ever happens to me. That would be just a little too AWK-WARD!
Has this ever happened to you?
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