Do you feel compelled to read prize-winning (Giller/Booker/Pulitzer etc) books? Why, or why not? Is there, perhaps, one particular award that you favour? (question courtesy of MizB)
No. I’m drawn to some in the same way I would be any other book that piques my interest. I don’t hanker to read every prize-winning book, but there are some I do read for various reasons. It could be curiosity — what makes this a prize-winning book? It could be great or even negative reviews, articles written by trusted critics, or simply a book about a subject I am interested in. If it’s an author or genre I’m already a fan of, that helps, too. That’s not to say I don’t like trying anything new.
If the truth be told, I often find myself avoiding books that get too much hype as I am a firm believer in looking out for those I class alternative– as you probably know– and a huge supporter of the smaller, independent “Indie” market, where there are a lot of exciting, well-written books just waiting to be discovered. Plus, I don’t like feeling I’ve been brainwashed into reading a book! I’ll read a book, whether it’s a prize-winner or not, when I am good and ready and not because I feel obliged. 🙂 I was like that at school with fashion trends, I always avoided them. I mean, does anyone ever remember looking good in a puff-ball skirt?
If I had to chose one award I favoured, for me, it would be the Bram Stoker. And what a cool trophy that is!
I might sneak a peek at the Orange Prize for fiction (UK) but I don’t entirely agree with it. I know, there’s just no pleasing some people! What about you? How easily pleased are you?
:)By the way, I am posting this early since tomorrow blogger has known “issues”, again! Haven’t we all, love.