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Auto-Buying Authors: Yay or Nay?

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Yesterday I participated in a weekly meme where the topic was ‘Top 5 Auto-buy Authors’. I don’t really have any go-to, auto-buy authors as such so I really struggled to pick 5 writers for my list. However, this really got me thinking about the blogging world and how we pick our books. I don’t really do discussion posts but it’s something I would love to start and as this topic got me writing so many pages of notes I thought, why not? So today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts around auto-buying our favourite authors, the pros and cons, why I don’t do it and if I might change my mind. Let’s get started.

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I’m not an auto-buyer for authors in general, which I do find odd for a blogger. It seems that everyone has a list of authors they’ll constantly buy. They don’t even need to know about the book, just the author’s name is enough. So, why don’t I auto-buy authors? Not only do I like to read a variety of genres, I like to read a wide range of authors within each genre, too. This means I tend to pick up books as and when I want to, always trying to explore new writers and new stories.

As a predominantly fantasy and dystopian reader, auto-buying seems even more impossible. Books series are always so long. When you’re reading between 3-7 books by one author is quite a lot, so once I finish I like to read something completely different. I haven’t yet finished a series and returned to an author yet. Take Cassandra Clare for example, The Mortal Instruments is 6 books long and they are big books. I read them as a teen and loved them so much but there were always so many other great writers to explore so I never returned to her writing to try another series. I can, however, see why someone would constantly return to Clare’s writing. With this author in particular, all of her book series somewhat link. Being set in the same world, auto-buying all her books means you can return to your beloved fictional world time after time. I really do see the appeal in this.

Moving away from fantasy, I can imagine auto-buying a YA contemporary author may work a bit better. The only author I really did auto-buy in my life is John Green. I fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars and decided I had to read all of his books, because of course they’d all be just as amazing. I have now read all but two and I have to say they have been hit and miss. All of John Green’s books include different settings, characters, and storylines which means you’re always reading new and exciting stories. However, I hate to say that I didn’t enjoy all of his books as much as I’d hoped. This hasn’t tainted my love of John Green in any way, but I guess it could’ve put me off auto-buying authors since. What if I’m left disappointed in their books? No one wants to resent an author they once really loved.

Another bonus of not auto-buying authors is the wide variety of experiences and opinions you can find when reading a wide variety of authors. You can read a book on the same topic and have completely different experiences. Mythical creatures are a big example. Each author’s interpretation of a vampire or werewolf, for example, will be completely different from the next. I’ve read so many versions of the weird and wonderful from so many interesting perspectives, and I have a huge list of authors to thank for that. I used to worry that auto-buying one author would mean reading the same thing over and over and over, again and again. I still believed that until very recently. This week in fact. In October and November I was sent a book to read and review by Gabriella Lepore. It turned out that both were about witches, and whilst there are similarities in the portrayals of their powers, they were different and both very, very interesting books that I completely devoured within days. I guess this experience has completely thrown my outlook on auto-buying out of the window.

So, that concludes my first every discussion post. I hope I’ve managed to coherently put across all my thoughts and opinions about auto-buy authors, rather than ramble on like my blog name may suggest. Auto-buying authors is something that happens so often within the blogging community, and by your average book reader, so I can totally understand why people would always return to their favourite authors. I also get why people are like me, continuing to search out new writers to expand their reading repertoire. It’s been so much fun to talk about the pros and cons of each side. I don’t think I will completely change my book buying habits, but I’ll definitely be more open to reading books by the same author in the future! What are your opinions on auto-buying? Do you agree with any of my point or do you have anything to add? I’d love to hear from you all!

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10 thoughts on “Auto-Buying Authors: Yay or Nay?

  1. Great discussion post and I agree with a lot of what you mentioned here! I don’t really autobuy authors either, the only two I do are Maggie Stiefvater and John Green (and by the way I feel pretty much exactly the same about John Green, he is an autobuy author for me even though his books are a bit hit and miss for me!) and even if I read and really love something by an author that’s no guarantee I will go out and automatically read/buy all their stuff, like recently i loved the Crooked Kingdom duology but I don’t think I’m going to read Leigh Bardugo’s grisha trilogy anytime soon! 😊😊

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    1. Thank you! I always felt a bit ‘weird’ I guess as a blogger with no auto buyers but I’m glad other people agree! I don’t know why I keep buying John Green but I just can’t help it😂 I just love trying out new writers too much to go back to favourites!

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  2. This was such an interesting discussion post, I really enjoyed reading it! I don’t really have any auto-buy authors, and even those that I would consider ‘auto’ buys I don’t buy straight away anyway. For example John Green is one of my ‘auto’-buy authors but I still have yet to buy Turtles All The Way Down, and probably won’t for a while. I also haven’t read all of his books so… For me, I’d probably say it’s auto-interest, in that I’m automatically interested in the book and look into it but won’t necessarily buy it straight away, even if I do intend to at some point.

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    1. Thank you so much, I was so worried about writing my first discussion post! John Green is the same for me – I consider him auto-buy but I didn’t pre order or rush to get Turtles and I still won’t. Auto-interest is the best term, that’s definitely what it is!

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  3. You know I think “auto buy” is a pretty extreme view to be honest. I don’t actually auto-buy anything or I’d go broke haha. I think it should be more like “auto seriously consider” but that doesn’t sound as nice. Also auto-buy for me doesn’t mean will buy it the day it’s released. I think the term I actually want is probably “auto wish-list” if that makes any sense.

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    1. It’s not something I do either but it seems really popular in the blogging community. Last week I participated in a meme and that was its topic and I seemed to be the only one who struggled and didn’t auto-buy. I like your description much more! I will ‘auto-seriously consider’ a lot but it doesn’t mean I’ll buy it at all, let alone the day it’s released. I definitely agree with you on all aspects though!


  4. As always I love your post and this one got me thinking, because I do definitely ‘auto seriously consider’ these days but I used to ‘auto buy ‘ certain authors for years, and did indeed seriously end up resenting the ones I loved with a passion once! James Patterson is one that immediately springs to mind. His early crime thrillers were so good I’d read them all night until I’d finished the book, totally riveting. But over the years as he has become more and more famous the quantity he releases has become prolific but the quality is no more and they are just churned out, no depth of characters or plot, predictable and bland, and could be written by anybody. The end of a love affair that started so well, and so these days I don’t ‘auto buy ‘anybody, because as you so wisely point out, if you are open to considering all authors in your favourite genres you get some really unexpected and rewarding reads and being lost in the story of a fabulous book that’s grabbed you and won’t let you go is one of the absolute joys in life!


  5. Couldn’t agree with you more. Seems like it’d be more like, “authors I’m more likely to buy.” No one gets a blind buy unless everyone I know says, “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!” *cough, Illuminae, cough* As much as I absolutely love the Red Rising trilogy, if Pierce Brown came out with a book that takes place during the renaissance, I’d really have to look at it carefully.


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