Hooray - your favorite author is coming out with a new book! Even before the book has hit your hands, do you assume you'll love it, or do you keep an open mind? When it comes to our favorite authors, do you find it easy to fairly review their newest releases? Do you treat them the same as any other author, or are you even harsher on them because you have high expectations? As reviewers, I think it's important to us to be as objective and honest as we can, but who knows what is subconsciously affecting our reviews.
This topic is on my mind because a couple of my favorite authors have new releases coming out this year; I pre-ordered Emily Giffin's All We Ever Wanted months ago, even though it doesn't come out until June. I haven't been reviewing books long enough to have come across this potential problem before; however, now I find myself thinking, "Well, I love Emily Giffin and all her other books, so I'm going to love this one, too!" But is this coloring my review before I've even started reading?
Our favorite authors are favorites for a reason - we love the stories, the writing - they consistently give us books that resonate with us. So, are we pre-disposed to love their next book? Do we assume it will be good based on our previous reading experiences? And, does that affect how we review their books? Is it harder to be subjective when it comes to our favorite authors?
On one hand, maybe it makes us harsher judges, because we have higher expectations. We've come to know the author and their work, and we all have these previously wonderful reading experiences to compare it to. If we give this book 4 or 5 stars, it is well-deserved because we've really critically read the book.
On the other hand, maybe we're a little easier on them, because of those previous experiences and a strong desire to love their newest book. Maybe we're more willing to let problematic things slide and just chalk it up to being an anomaly. Perhaps if a different author had written the same book, we might review it differently.
Do you think there's a difference between reviewing a favorite author and any other author? Do you find it easy to be objective in reviews regardless of who wrote a book?