I really want to encourage anyone stopping by to share your thoughts on the bookish question of the week. I am curious to hear what you have to say! There are no wrong answers, and these discussions are not meant to spark angry debates. Alright, so on to the question!
How far will you follow a favorite author out of your reading comfort zone?
Within the past year, I noticed that I read several YA/children's books, because I loved the authors' adult books. For example, I recently read Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School series) by Gail Carriger, because I loved her Parasol Protectorate series. I didn't even think about the fact that Carriger was writing for a different audience, I knew that I wanted to read this series, because the Finishing School series was set in the Parasol Protectorate universe, so I was going to see some of my favorite characters in this new series. Interestingly, Carriger has two fantasy short stories available that are not within this same universe, but I don't seem to be excited to read them. I like Carriger's writing style and the stories sound great, but I always find something else to read.
This pattern also seems to fit with my JK Rowling reading. I have reread the Harry Potter books multiple times. I have also read Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Quidditch through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. When it comes to The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling, however, I never seem to find the time to read them, even though they both sound interesting.
On the flip side, I have read books by Neil Gaiman that are considered children, YA, and adult literature and none of them are in the same book universe. It felt perfectly natural to go from reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane to Fortunately, the Milk. It didn't even cross my mind to think that I would not enjoy a children's book by Neil Gaiman. Additionally, I get excited when I discover that Neil Gaiman has penned an episode of Doctor Who that I am going to watch. At the same time, outside of The Sandman, I don't have a burning to desire to read his other work in graphic novels or to read his nonfiction work (BTW, he wrote a biography on Duran Duran).
I have some friends who LOVE certain authors and read everything by them. I definitely have authors that I love, but apparently my love tends to have certain limits. I seem willing to follow an author outside of a demographic (e.g., from adult to YA books), but I can't think of any authors (at least in this moment) that I have followed outside of his/her genre. Wow, writing this post has made me realize that I don't seem to want to make a leap of faith even with authors that I love. I wonder, if I have been disappointed in the past by this type of jump and now I am just blocking the memory out.
Wait a minute! I have made a leap of faith! There was a time in which I read a lot of Nora Roberts books (contemporary romance). Recently, I read Naked in Death, which is a SF-thriller romance, and liked it. Does this count? The books are all romances.
I guess I am a 'fraidy cat.
So, I pose this question to you! How far will you follow a favorite author out of your reading comfort zone? Will an author compel you to leave YA and try an adult book (or vice versa)? Will you leave SF&F for contemporary fiction if your favorite author is writing it? Have you made the leap of faith and have been pleasantly surprised? Have you made the leap of faith and decided not to leap again?