Happy Friday! And with Friday comes....another Reverse Author Interview! If you're new to RAIs, it's a time for authors to turn the tables on their readers! This awesome event is hosted by the lovely ladies of BookMunchies and I must say they've been so great about putting it all together. Today I'll be answering the questions of Miz Hilary Weisman Graham, author of Reunited, which sounds like an awesome summer roadtrip book! I plan on reading it soon! Before I get to Hilary's questions, I want to remind y'all to check out BookMunchies to find out how to get involved with this great event!
On to the interview!
HWG: If you are a fan of a certain genre, do you ever get bored by the conventions of that genre, such as the inhumane society that always exists in Dystopian fiction, or the plots in Romance novels, where the girl always ends up getting the boy?
C@FCB: I definitely go through phases where I feel like I get stuck in a rut. Too much dark stuff, or too much paranormals, and I find myself suddenly more interested in contemporaries. I try to mix it up when I'm reading so it doesn't happen, but it will on occasion. But I don't think it's so much me getting bored with the books themselves. Luckily because this hobby of ours includes so much variety, I don't think I get bored with the conventions that are norms in certain books. And I always like it when the girl get the boy. ;)
HWG: What's more likely to get you hooked in a book--plot or character?
C@FCB: The age old debate for reviewers! Seriously, this topic is always getting discussed somewhere in our blogosphere! As for me, it's the characters, without a doubt. A book can have the most inventive, action-filled plot in the world, but if I don't have an emotional connection to the characters, don't really care what happens to them, I just won't be as invested in the book. It might be interesting to know though that, at least in the world of other readers that I talk to and/or follow online, I seem to be in the minority. Just in the times I've been involved in this conversation, or even just read others who've been talking about it, most will forgive underdeveloped characters for a more intriguing plot.
HWG: Does a book need to have a love story in it for you to like it?
C@FCB: Nope, I don't think it does. I think that a huge percentage of YA fiction, which is a majority of what I read, has a love story, because that's a big part of life as a teenager. It would be hard to write about a teen without exploring that at least a little. But some of my favorite stories, ones that I read over and over don't have dedicated love stories. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Pretty Little Liars book (though those girls are in and out of love all the time, but I don't consider it a love story), the Harry Potter books...these are the stories I read over and over. But love is a universal theme, and I think that leaving all traces of it out of a story, be it love of friends, family, a romantic love, even power or money would be denying a huge part of human nature (not that all characters are human!). I'd probably notice is this was missing. (Ooo, look at me getting all psychological!)
HWG: Do you ever get "series fatigue," or do you prefer reading books that are part of a series because you get to spend more time with characters you love?
C@FCB: Some series that drag on and on, *ahem, House of Night, ahem* give me series fatigue. They just keep going when I feel like it should have ended three books ago. It's not that I don't enjoy the series, but come on, how much more are you going to throw at these poor characters? (See, I start to think of my favorite characters as friends, and I WILL defend them). And during the summer months especially, I read less series books. Summer just seems the time for stand-alone books, doesn't it? Something about being outside by the pool makes me want to read something that will completely finished between the front and back covers. But on an overall basis, a book's status of series or standalone has little weight when I am deciding what to read. It comes just after number of pages. :)
Big huge thanks to Hilary Weisman Graham for being our featured offer in today's Reverse Author Interviews. I am really enjoying getting to know what it is the writers we love all want to know! If you guys have been enjoying this event, make sure you stop by BookMunchies for info on how to get involved, and to see links to the other bloggers who are answering Hilary's questions today!