I realized the books on the top shelf haven't moved much in the last year or more. Why? Because I haven't reread them and now I realize I probably never will. They are hard-backed books which means they cost a bit. I couldn't wait for them to come out in mass market and all of them had been purchased before I had my ereader. I sat up late into the night reading some of them and now I can't remember why I so eagerly anticipated their release. They're well-written books by successful authors but I have no current desire to read them again. It's my taste that has changed.
New authors have won my heart. I can't wait for Brandon Sanderson's next novel. Brent Weeks has earned his way onto my keeper shelf. I've really enjoyed Paul Hoffman's dark fantasy series. Peter V. Brett had been keeping me impatiently waiting for his next book. In the past year I've passed up new books by authors I've followed with unwavering devotion in years gone by. They haven't changed the quality of their writing but I've abandoned them. Why?
I think there are two reasons. The first might be that they still write the same type of stories as they always have. For some of them, their books have started to sound too similar with plots barely reworked from their previous books. Perhaps they've had a recurring character who seems to make the same mistakes or encounters the same challenges as in the past. They're just not new enough and I feel cheated or bored.
A second reason might be my desire to read new authors and discover what voices and plots are currently popular with the fantasy audience. Many of the stories I've sought out recently have darker plots as good battles evil. Some have magic used in ways I've never considered. I'm amazed at the creativity and imagination of some of these writers. Brandon Sanderson amazes me with the scope of the tales he weaves, his world creation so intricate and full of depth I beyond envious of his talent.
So some of my reading habits have changed. Have you stopped reading a favorite author and why? For what reasons? What draws you to a new writer and then keeps you as a fan?