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.
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!