Recently, I picked up Paper Towns by John Green – a book and an author that are very hyped. Everyone loves his books and his YouTube endeavors, such as the Vlog Brothers. I, on the other hand, was not a huge fan of The Fault in Our Stars and had DNFed his other two books. But I still loved John Green and everything he had out there on YouTube. I finally get to Paper Towns, mostly because of the trailer. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the book. It was great and made me reconsider my previous DNFs. But there was just one problem with it…
Because I watched his videos, I already knew some of the big twists – more specifically, what a Paper Town was.
It didn’t ruin my reading, but it did damper it a little bit. And this was not the first time an author interaction made me less excited about the book overall. For example, I went to an author signing for Marissa Meyer for the book, Fairest. And she talked a little bit about what would happen in the book, gave a longer and more detailed summary, and answered questions about it. And after leaving the event, I was less excited to read it. I still was a fan of the series, but it wasn’t as big of a deal as it was before the event. I still haven’t read Fairest.
I think that too much author interaction can either really hype up a book, or change the entire feeling towards it in the opposite manner.
Talking to authors on Twitter is a great way to get questions answered, show support, and know whenever your favorite authors have a new book out. But sometimes, it can be a little bit too much. Personally, I still like some of the mystery to be there when I start the book. I very rarely read summaries, and when I do, I try to push them out of my mind as much as possible. I want the book to fully take me away with its words and the story and the characters – not the influence of the author.
I love talking to authors on social media, but sometimes, it can get a bit much.
Especially being so close to an author’s actions, Twitter can showcase the best and worse of author interactions. Recently, I have decided not to read many books because of an author’s behavior. I think there is a fine line between author-reader interaction. Of course, it should be kept to a professional basis, although I do like seeing posts about what an author is doing. But when it starts infringing on my reading experience, that’s when I have more of a problem with the side effects of Twitter.
What have some of your author-reader interactions been like? Have you ever experienced this type of un-hyping from too much interactions?