I made the decision to put myself out there a little bit more rather than focusing on the positive aspects of reading. I’m not talking about attacking the books, the writing style of the author personally just the decision to stop purchasing certain books for a variety of reasons.
Well kind of – urghh I don’t think my brain is fully functioning on a Monday monring
I wanted to talk about making the decision to stop buying books by particular authors. This maybe for a number of reasons:
- Not engaging with their particular writing style – which is fair – not everyone can like everything
- Not agreeing with the direction the author has taken – again a good reason to stop purchasing the books
- Feeling taken advantage of as a reader
It is the last one that I want to focus on – Feeling taken advantage of as a reader.
I have a particular author in mind, whom I am not going to name obviously. What I will say is I actually really love this particular authors writing, the characterisations and the feelings portrayed in the books. However, for every new book released there were subsequent novellas (some completely unecessary to the development of the main story for the characters) and I’m not just talking one, but three possible four. Followed by a sequel or 2 which lead in to spin-off books for the peripheral characters, leading to the inevitable novellas; and thus the circle continues.
Being a fully fledged member of the working poor, the amount I spend on books is limited and I have to choose carefully how to spend my money. As much as I love this particular author the fact is the novellas could probably be combined into a full length novel. Instead of costing approximately £1:99 each (four novellas would be the equivalent of £8) cutting the cost to £3:99. A huge difference to someone who has to watch every penny.
I know authors need to earn a living also and I’m not begrudging that in the slightest. However, personally it makes me feel as if I’m being taken advantage of as a reader. If I love an author and their stories I tend to read anything and everything they write, so to make the decision to cut ties with an author I enjoy is not one I make lightly. Especially when I see beautiful new books that I would love to read but will not purchase for the reasons stated.
How do you feel when faced with this situation – are you happy to continue to purchase the stream of novellas and spin-offs even when they are painfully short??