Okay, so, first of all – I planned on working on a discussion regarding losing interest in favorite authors… until I realized I’ve already written about this topic in August. Apparently, university has rotted my brain, wonderful.
Either way, that discussion concentrated on one author alone, while this time around I have multiple people to talk about. Thus, this post is a mix between a list and a discussion, in which I’m talking about seven authors in chronological order of when they lost their “favorite” status.
Quick note before we get started – the fact that I’ve fallen out of love with these authors does not mean I hate all of their books! In fact, I still consider some of their novels – the ones that made me fall in love with them in the first place – some of my favorites. But they are no longer auto-buy authors, and instead, I have to consider VERY CAREFULLY if I even want to purchase their books.
Gayle Forman is one of the first Contemporary YA authors I remember adoring… only to then realize that her books are actually not my cup of tea. As a teen, I adored If I Stay and Where She Went, both highly emotional, heartbreaking novels. I loved all the highs and lows of this duology, but as soon as I tried Forman’s other novels, I realized that I didn’t care for the angst and the drama. Or the constant back and forth of the relationship. Or her characters in general.
There’s nothing wrong with her novels, they just aren’t for me anymore. I was a fan of the movie adaptation of If I Stay, but couple of years ago, when I tried to rewatch it, I disliked it so much that I had to switch channels.
We Were Liars is, to this day, one of my all time favorite books. It has captivating characters, an intriguing plot, and a shocking reveal at the end. After reading it, I was convinced that E. Lockhart would be among my favorite authors… that is, until I’ve made multiple failed attempts to get into her books. Her YA Contemporaries The Boyfriend List and Fly on the Wall left a lot to be desired, and yet, I kept hoping.
I mean, those are wildly different from We Were Liars; I thought, surely, if she wrote a mystery of some sort I’d be satisfied. It was not to be, though – after the rather mediocre Genuine Fraud I had to concur that E. Lockhart should probably not be on my favorites list. 🤷♀️
I fell in love with Ann Aguirre’s I Want It That Way (2B trilogy) back when I was pretty into New Adult books. I loved how the books featured such a strong friend group – a.k.a. the roommates of the 2B flat – at their center, and I enjoyed the heck out of the romances. I mean, yes, the books did have some weird, even elitist crap, but I loved them nonetheless.
After this positive experience, I jumped into Aguirre’s Enclave series, and I found myself loving those too! (Although, thinking back, there’s some questionable shit there.) Either way, my luck run out with Mortal Danger, but the last straw was The Leopard King, part of her adult Paranormal Romance series, and, frankly, one of the weirdest romances I’ve ever read. (It’s also pretty gross, just fyi.)
Even so, I’m open to reading Aguirre’s future works, and I will have to get to The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things one day, as I already own it.
Similarly to Gayle Forman, Becky Albertalli was part of my favorite authors list for a relatively short time. I adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – it was the kind of YA Contemporary that felt true to teens, at least from my then 19-year-old perspective. I immediately considered Albertalli a favorite, and pre-ordered her second book, The Upside of Unrequited, which did not disappoint. I laughed out loud so many times and was so taken with the characters – I just knew I’d love Becky Albertalli’s books forever, even if Upside wasn’t quite as good as Simon. Alas, that was not to be – after hating Leah on the Offbeat and disliking the excerpt (+ what I heard) of What If It’s Us, I had to concur that her books might not be my cup of tea.
As the author I centered my previous discussion around, Cabot is someone I’m the saddest, most bitter about. I grew up reading her books, and feel so much nostalgia towards her older YA that I still own around 40 books by her. I just can’t let them go!!
It could be 1000% understandable that what worked for me as a pre-teen would not float my boat today, however the issue isn’t as simple as growing out of Cabot’s novels. In fact it’s been her adult novels of late, such as her follow up to the Mediator and Princess Diaries series, that made me feel… disconnected from her stories. And Bridal Boot Camp, a novella published before the start of her new series, was outright dated.
Related post: Losing Interest in a Favorite Author (Meg Cabot)
This may be surprising to those who’ve seen my November Wrap Up (read it here!) where I discussed attending a Leigh Bardugo signing. The thing is, while I adore Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Language of Thorns, and I really liked Wonder Woman, everything else I’ve read by Bardugo has been a disappointment. I read the books in the order I’ve just mentioned and then, much later, a friend convinced me to give a chance to Shadow and Bone. With King of Scars and news of the Netflix show coming out I caved in and gave it a chance… but man, I shouldn’t have. Even so, that’s Bardugo’s debut series, so it’s understandable that it’s not up to par with her later books. However, after DNF-ing Ninth House, I can confidently say that, while a good author, Bardugo is not exactly a favorite of mine.
Finally, we get to the author who made me want write this post, and the one I’m the most heartbroken to be adding to this list. Holly Black has been a favorite of mine since I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – it wasn’t the best book ever, no, but it was so original! And so was The Darkest Part of the Forest, and the The Curse Workers trilogy. Doll Bones was a bit of a disappointment, but then again, I was conscious of not being the target audience of a middle grade novel.
Knowing how much Holly Black loves fairies, I always planned on going back to her Modern Faerie Tales, but when The Cruel Prince came out, I prioritized it and, friends, it was one of my favorite books of that year! I loved the lush world building, the complex characters (Jude, especially, duh) and the way Black built the fairies based on the darkest tales about them.
Alas, the series really went downhill for me – I know everyone and their mothers love Cardan and Jude together, but I really, truly did not. In fact, that was my least favorite thing about the series… and so of course it was the part that got steadily stronger.
On a more unbiased note, I couldn’t help but feel that the sequels were rushed and under-developed. I felt like the beautiful descriptions of the world in The Cruel Prince were hiding the inconsistencies and the underdeveloped aspects of the plot, world, and political system. I could go on but, long story short, I felt let down – to the extent that, yes, I’ve removed Holly Black from my favorites.
Have you ever fell out of love with an author? Who was it, and why? Have you ever read anything by the authors I mentioned? Do you agree/disagree with my thoughts?