How should books be judged? Should they be judged on their own merit alone, or does judgement on the author play a role too? Should books be judged on how they stand or does the story of how they came to be affect what you think of them too? Why I am I asking these questions? Well, my friend was going on and on about how she will never read a James Patterson book again because she doesn’t like the way he treats his co-authors and how now she hates Maximum Ride when it used to be one of her favorite series. But I think some of his books tell cool stories, so is it fair to say you hate a book (or a series) just because you dislike the author. This is on the basis that your dislike has nothing to do with the writing, of course.
There are a lot of examples. First there James Patterson who apparently creates a skeleton, an outline, if you will, of an idea of a story and then sends it off to his co-author, if he has one, to finish it. What happened to team work? Then there’s Cassandra Clare who allegedly started writing her best selling series, The Mortal Instruments, as an Harry Potter fanfic and plagiarized a bunch of other fanfics along the way. Those are all examples of author who have done some not so nice things. The question is how do we judge their books?
Personally, I while I think those points should definitely have a part in how a book gets judged, they shouldn’t be part of the main argument why you disliked a book. What I mean is it is kind of irrational to say you hated a novel because James Patterson co wrote it and didn’t do much beyond creating a skeleton. -__- However, then you have things like the Clare incident. Something like that shouldn’t be ignored. (I’m talking about the plagiarized part, not the fanfiction part). Plagiarism is not an issue to be taken lightly. The idea that a published author committed such a crime and is being so successful off it is really shameful. SO should you consider the idea that people are accusing her of copying someone else’s works when she wrote TMI when you judge those books, the answer is yeah, it think that tiny tidbit should be considered. And as a side note: there really needs to be a font or someway to indicate sarcasm.
What do you think?
How should you judge a book?