A couple of the comments on my ‘what’s a pen name got to do with it?’ got me thinking about readers putting authors on a pedestal, and I was reminded of this when I read Erotic Horizon’s interesting post about whether the person behind the book actually matters.
The main issue which always seems to come up when this sort of topic is raised is the one of ‘authors behaving badly’.
This is strangely fascinating to me because I’m not a reader who tends to follow author blogs *I’m lazy* nor do I usually find out about any wankfestry until long after the fact *I live in a bubble*.
Am I abnormal?
Well, that kind of goes without saying *this is ME we’re talking about*, but do the majority of readers stalk authors rabidly or do they tend to wander vaguely around the interwebz doing their own thing?
Another question I have is do you, as a reader, truly-ruly want to know anything and everything about your fave author?
I have to admit that in many ways I LIKE keeping my head in the sand. I WANT an author I enjoy to remain up on that pedestal I put ’em on.
Maybe that’s too simplistic a view? *shrugs*
What do you lot reckon then? Are you an ostrich or a sticky beak (translation = nosy parker *I bet some of you don’t get that one either*)?