September 29, 2012 by Heidi
You’re more than just a book to me is an oft neglected, but always heartfelt feature here at Bunbury in the Stacks. Because there are a lot of authors out there who I love for so much more than their books, and I think everyone should know why.
Earlier this week I posted a
fairly snarky review of a book that really was not the right book for me: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. I really didn’t like it, and I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the author’s previous work (partially because I have a pretty big fear of open water and Overboard sounds terrifying to me), but that’s okay! I still want to tell you all that I think Elizabeth Fama is a pretty fantastic person.
This isn’t an apology for my review, it’s more of a case of me wanting to point out a time when an author reacted very admirably to a bad review. We here in the book blogosphere have seen a lot of drama this year with authors, their publicists, or their fans reacting very badly to negative criticism. Elizabeth, however, did not.
Instead of getting upset or trying to change my mind about her book, Elizabeth engaged me in a conversation about some of the points I disliked/didn’t really understand and expressed her take on them. Some bloggers might find this intrusive, but in a day and age where we openly communicate with the authors whose books we read on a regular basis, I relished this discourse. I feel like now I understand the book better, and even though I still don’t like it, I really appreciate understanding where Elizabeth Fama was coming from. Namely, it became a pretty interesting discussion about souls and what they impart on a body, along with the nature of various relationships throughout the book–neat, huh? She even thanked me for taking time to read and review her book.
I mentioned at the bottom of my review that I feel that Elizabeth Fama is very gracious to her readers, and I want to reiterate that. I loved Lauren’s recap of the Monstrous Beauty book launch event, and the fact that she was willing to personalize and send a copy of her book all the way to Singapore for Chachic is pretty awesome in my book. She interacts regularly on Twitter, does lots of events, and seems like an all around nice person. I can’t guarantee that I’ll like her next effort, Plus One, but I would like to give it a go.
I usually use this feature to talk about authors whose books I love that are cool in real life too, but I thought it’d be fun to talk about an author I think is cool even though I don’t like her book.