Recently one of my favorite authors let me down, which led me to think about disappointing books and authors who are literary one hit wonders.
I had read all of her other books, but her latest was simply disappointing. Whenever this situation happens – which isn’t that often – I wonder how other fans handle it.
When Authors Disappoint You
…do you totally give up reading anything new the author writes? Or do you read on? What if the book in the middle of a series starts to tank? Do you read the future books in the series?
For the personal example I listed, I seriously adore the author. I think it was an “off book.” I will definitely continue to read her future books and have faith she’ll impress me once again.
As for series, I’m a bit pickier. Because almost every book has a sequel these days, I don’t have any regrets about cutting short reading a series if I start to dislike it.
For example, although I really loved Ally Condie’s Matched, I couldn’t get into Crossed for the life of me. I have no problem with simply stopping in the middle of the series and calling it a wash (for now).
Literary One Hit Wonders
In a similar vein, I was curious about how many authors only had one bestselling novel. Authors in the list either went on to write other books that didn’t match their one big hit or didn’t write any additional works. To read the full articles, check out Litverse, ABC and The Huffington Post.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Mitchell’s other book is titled Lost Layson.
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
Charlotte wrote two other books, but Wuthering Heights was Emily’s only published book.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sadly, Plath committed suicide a month after the book’s publication.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Heller completed several other novels, but none reached the same popularity as Catch 22.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lee did not continue writing after penning her famous novel.
One the Road by Jack Kerouac
Kerouac also wrote Dharma Bums, but On the Road remains his most well-known book.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald also wrote This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned and Tender Is the Night. The Great Gatsy endures has his crowning novel.
What has been your experiences with disappointing reads??