Welcome author Cara Bristol back to the blog. Cara is the author of Secret Desires and Intimate Submission both published by Black Velvet Seductions. Today she’s sharing something she relearned recently.
I relearned an important lesson recently: you can’t judge a book by its cover – or its reputation. Likes and dislikes are so personal, one person’s two or one star rating is another person’s five. I already knew this of course, but what made it stand out was the book that everyone is talking about — Fifty Shades of Grey.
I’d heard so much negativity — it’s poorly written, it’s just a fan fiction piece based on the Twilight series, other books are better, etc. — I’d actually started to believe the “bad press.” Many of the naysayers were other authors whose work I respect. But after the Fifty Shades trilogy sold 10 million copies, I realized it was a force to be reckoned with and decided to see what the fuss was about. I was prepared to dislike the book.
I loved it. For me, the concept/story and the chemistry of the engaging characters make it a five-star read. Twilight may have inspired it, but Fifty Shades is fresh and unique – including much of the writing. Is the writing perfect? No. But in my opinion, the writing is actually pretty good – it’s the revision and editing that falls short. (My review of 50 Shades of Grey is here: http://carabristol.com/2012/05/weighing-in-on-fifty-shades-of-grey/).
Shortly after finishing Fifty Shades, I read two books that have gotten much better reviews that were far less captivating to me. But other readers obviously liked them. It stands as a reminder not to judge a book based what other people say – good or bad.
How much are you affected by publicity surrounding a book? Have you ever disliked a book that received rave reviews or loved one that was panned?
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