Is there an author you used to love but don’t read anymore?
There are probably a few authors I used to read but don’t anymore, but the one that sticks out most in my mind is Stephen King. I have read most, well probably all of his books up until The Cell. By then, though, they were already becoming a struggle. I just wasn’t enjoying them anymore, my tastes had changed. I believe this was just before my discovery of paranormal books.
My first Stephen King book was The Shinning. My mother had died that summer in a car accident and I was going through her paperbacks that were still on a bookcase in the basement. I was looking for ways to keep her in my life and thought I would try reading something that she read. I picked The Shinning. Scared the crap out of me, what 13 year old wouldn’t be, but I slowly worked my way through his books. They were perfect for a young teenager that was hurting inside, wanting to escape and was intrigued by the morbidity of his story’s themes. I thought them cool and many of my English teachers rolled their eyes as I became yet another teen who read Stephen King, it was the late 80’s.
In high school I set out to read everything he had written up to that point and soon discovered his Dark Tower series. I think this was probably the first series I fell for, I loved the reoccurring adventure and started searching out his other titles that had anything to do with these characters and their saga. That series is still my favorite work of his and I continue to have those books and a few others on my shelves.
As I became an adult either I changed or he changed, maybe both, and his later books just appealed to me less and less. I didn’t care for the gross out factor that had become a key element in many of his books. I am not against horror, but I can do without all the blood and guts. The irony that I now love vampire novels is not lost on me… I brought home Under the Dome and put it on my to-read bookcase and ignored it…and ignored it…and passed it up for yet another book. Finally I decided if I paid money for the monstrosity I better damn well read it. So I pulled it off the shelf and got as far as a raccoon being described graphically having been sliced in half by the dome and decided perhaps it was time Mr.King and I parted ways. I closed the book and it still sits with the others on my shelf. I will never read it, but hate to give it away because I lost it’s dust cover.
That book wasn’t the only reason I had stopped reading Mr.King. I also kinda think he is an ass. (Stephen King Fans please don’t send me hate mail, I’m sure he is not losing any sleep over the fact that a small town librarian from Iowa thinks he is an ass. I won’t be hurting his book sales anytime soon) I’ve read several articles where he shares his opinion on other authors (that I enjoy) and was very critical, almost unkind towards them. (Again I know I am a book reviewer, I see the irony of thinking another is an ass for sharing their opinion of an author’s books, feel free to think me an ass too.) I just think it ironic, gosh I’ve used that word three times now, that someone who had had a reputation himself of publishing trashy books would trash someone else’s work in such a public way.
Mr. King’s books will always be apart of me though, a part of my history and a connection to my mother. I’m grateful for that and wish him and his fans well. I just won’t be reading anymore of his work. Well… perhaps someday I will reread the Dark Tower series to remember who I once was.
So I ask again; Is there an author you used to love that you fell out of love with or no longer read?