Thursday, February 5, 2009

Booking through too much information

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Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse - a biography has made you love an author more?

I read the book cover and start reading the book. If there is some info given about the author, I do read it but that has not affected my reading so far. A author's personal opinion are his/her own. Anyway, that does get reflected in the book we are reading. I feel every author puts something of his/hers in the novel. Why should reading the biography affect one's reading? I like to read biographies for their own sake. Not for the sake of reading a novel.

For me the book is foremost, not the author. And if I don't like a book, I don't wish to know anything about the author. And if I do, then I try to learn more about the author. Blog interviews are one good way to know contemporary authors. Knowing about classic authors is not as important. They are well known, anyways!