Since you are so good at picking books you'll love, I'd love to hear about a book-reading experience you had where you hated the book. Have you ever read a book that left you angry, or disgusted, or frustrated with the author?There was one book that came to mind immediately when I read that question and it was Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I had a literal visceral reaction to a scene in that book that I thought degraded women so much and basically was pro-date rape. It was the first and I believe, only time that I ever posted my strong negative opinions about a book online in a review and it was a pretty unpopular opinion at the time and I'm sure it still is. But I haven't changed my mind on the content since then. What she wrote was clear as day to me back then and still is and it still upsets me to think about it and I haven't picked up another book by her since.
I'd say that's probably the most angered and disgusted I've ever been by an author and a book. But I've had other frustrations with authors throughout the years, sure. I've seen favorite authors go down paths that have really disappointed me.
Anne Rice is one such author. Anne Rice introduced me to literature, one could say. Sure I was reading before I read Interview with a Vampire and The Witching Hour, but I think those were the first two series that I fell in love with. And they were SO GOOD!!! She had a certain magic that surrounded those two series. There was something special in those books that I couldn't find anywhere else. Then she converted to Catholicism. I'm NOT disappoited that she converted to Catholicism. Let me point that out. I think everyone has the right to believe or not believe in whatever they choose. What upset me is that she denounced those books. Her OWN books! And in doing so, sort of slapped her fans in the face too. Now, she's recently denounced Catholicism! She says that she still has her faith in God, but organized religion is not for her, and I can't argue with her on the organized religion front! And surprise, surprise, after that move, she goes back to non religious books and wrote a werewolf book, The Wolf Gift which I couldn't even make it through. I thought this would be the return of MY Anne Rice. But it so wasn't. It was disturbing in the worst kinds of ways you can imagine a werewolf story being wherein a love interest is introduced. And yeah...I didn't make it through. Disappointment.
Another author disappointment: Orson Scott Card. One could say that he was the reason for my love of science fiction. I read Ender's Game for a class in college and decided to go on and read Speaker for the Dead for fun and it instantly became my favorite book. I mean, I don't think I'll ever find another book that gave me the mystical experience that reading Speaker for the Dead gave me. I literally read everything the man had written (and that's a lot) in a very short amount of time after that. And then I discovered his views on homosexuality. *headdesk*. Everyone is entitled to their own views and that's fine. I'm not going to say he's not allowed to feel a certain way, though I've written about my objections to why it upsets me in the past. Mainly, it disappoints me because what I found that I loved so much about his writing is that he wrote such AMAZING characters of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, sexualities, and genders. And then I find out how he really feels. It was like a punch in the gut.
So while I generally do love most of what I read because I set myself up to love what I read, there are the occasional disappointments and temper tantrums thrown, yes :p But I'm hoping for much more litlove to come and to continue this winning streak ;)