Hi everyone! I'm participating in this awesome event hosted by the ladies at BookMunchies, called Reverse Author Interviews. Basically, instead of bloggers being the ones to interview authors, some awesome authors have come up with questions for Bloggers! I thought it was such a great idea because now we as bloggers/reviews can get some insight as to what authors wonder about when it comes to the people reading their books (or their genre!). So twice a week, a group of bloggers are going to be answering the questions posed from a different author. Visit BookMunchies for more info about this event and how to get invovled!
Today, Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You, has come up with a list of questions that she's been wondering about readers! You can check out my answers here, and check out Bookmunchies for links to some of the other bloggers who've shared their answers as well.
KPM: Do you feel more inclined to read a stand-alone novel or a book series when picking your next read?
C@FCB: Honestly, I don't pay much attention to whether the book is a series or a stand-alone. On more than one occasion I've been nearing the end of a book and found myself getting on Goodreads or the author's website to see if it is a stand-alone or a series book.
KPM: Do you have any insight as to why certain books are chosen for book clubs, and others are passed over? What specific attributes do you look for in a novel when deciding to use it for a group-read?
C@FCB: I can only guess at this one, because the only book club I know anything about is one that my Grandmother participates in, and I can't say that any of the books that they've used have been on my radar. I think that most books chosen for book clubs have one of two attributes: 1) A clear message that can be easily observed and dissected. I think this also pertains to books that are chosen for kids to read in school. Not that I don't love me some Shakespeare and Dickens...2) I think the second reason a book would be chosen for a group-read is a broad topic that many can relate to, or at least have an opinion on. I'm thinking books like Eat, Pray, Love - with a changing your life kind of topic. I know a lot of books explore that topic, but it's just one I can imagine being used as a book-club book. 3) The third option would be if I ran a book club (I think there should be a whole section of FCB dedicated to an "If I were in charge of..." conversation, but I'm not organized enough for that). If I were choosing a book for a book club, any book club I was running would be made up of my friends, who mostly enjoy the same books I do. So I'd probably just pick something that sounded intriguing. And we'd probably talk about characters and development, and plotlines and action, rather than deeper meanings. Not that I don't like to find the deeper meanings in books, but that's not why I read.
KPM: How important is the cover? When it comes down to it, how often do you choose a book to read/review based on cover art?
C@FCB: As much as I hate to admit it, covers are important when I'm choosing a book to read. The cover is what first gets me to pick up a book and read the summary, or click through and read a synopsis when I'm shopping in a bookstore or on Amazon. But this is if I am just out, shopping by myself, with nothing specific in mind. When someone, another blogger, or a friend mentions a book to me, and tells me a little about it, if it sounds interesting, then cover art has very little impact on me. So overall, yes, the cover is pretty important, but a summary is more so!
KPM: Endings: Tied up neatly, or a more realistic, ambiguous open-ended conclusion?
C@FCB: Finish it off! I like all my questions answered when a book or series comes to a close. I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't mind that. I tend to love when books end with all questions answered and I can just imagine that the main character has overcome all of their problems and will live happily ever after (completely unrealistic). I also an a big fan of epilogues like the one we get from Cynthia Hand's Boundless, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. A little glimpse of what the future is like for the main character/characters.
KPM: Do you feel a YA novel must have some kind of love-interest plotline (or subplot) to engage readers?
C@FCB: Short answer? No. Harry Potter was without a love interest most of the time, and even when it was introduced, it never felt like romance, just a natural progression as they grew older. Longer answer: However, 90% of the books on my bookshelf have some sort of love story subplot included. Is it possible that there are more books published with a love story plot than aren't? Or just in the particular genres that I prefer, it's what is popular? My sister won't read a book without a love story. She really doesn't want to read one where a love story isn't the main story arc. I've begged her to read Divergent, which does have some romance, though it's pretty low-key, and she just won't. She's taken to texting me and asking if a certain book has a love story. That's how she decides whether or not she wants to read it. So maybe the answer is that no, it isn't necessary for readers to become engaged in a story, but with some romance included, there will always be someone who wants to read it.
Thanks to Kristen-Paige for being the first author to participate in this event, and also to Kim and Cyn over at BookMunchies for hosting and inviting me to participate!
Don't forget to visit BookMunchies to view the links to other bloggers answers, and feel free to leave your own answers in the comments!
Kim and Cyn @ Book Munchies Answers
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