12 Risks We Respect From Authors // Collab w/ Abby @ When Words Fly (!!)

Authors are…well, they’re pretty amazing.

Without authors, we wouldn’t have books. We wouldn’t have characters to call our children, we wouldn’t have things to take pretty pictures of, and we wouldn’t be here at all, screaming about books with each other.

I know, it would be pretty horrible.

Today I’m so, so excited to be collaborating with the lovely Abby from When Words Fly in order to talk to you all about authors- specifically, risks we respect from authors. I’ll be sharing six on this post, and Abby will be talking about the other six on her post, so please go read hers and get to know her amazing self and blog while you’re at it. 😉

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Now, without more rambling from me (there’ll be enough of that in this post), let’s get started!

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Cliffhangers.

We all know that one author (or maybe more than one) that just can’t stop with the cliffhangers. Rick Riordan, I’m looking at you.

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That gif is an accurate depiction of me after reading the end of The Mark of Athena, Heroes of Olympus fans am I right?! Ahem, moving on. *clears throat*

Anyway, I think cliffhangers are such a big risk for the author. They’re going to have to deal with all the angry readers constantly asking what happened. They’re also going to have to make sure their next book lives up to the hype they’ve created for it.

However, if done correctly, a cliffhanger can be extremely effective and cause much love for a book, and for that reason I respect them greatly.

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A retelling or allusion of a previous work of literature.

I mean, I have all the respect for authors who do this.

Whether it’s a retelling (one example I can think of from my childhood is Wendy Mass’s fairytale retelling series) or a book closely mirrored after/alluding to a super famous story that everyone knows (like the Mother-Daughter Book Club series or even slightly like Always Never Yours), it’s pretty amazing.

Most of the time, these are centered around fairytales or older texts, such as Romeo and Juliet or even the Bible. This requires a lot of research on the author’s part, and it must be terrifying to release your book into the world knowing it will be compared to those great works of literature.

Writing a retelling is asking for comparison, and I respect that a lot. Most of the ones I’ve read have turned out really well, too.

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Using a trope, specifically an overused one.

I think many readers can agree that if they read one more love triangle, they just might tear out their hair and possibly burn the book for good measure.

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Honestly, I agree can see their point. 😉 There are just way too many tropes that are incredibly overused- I would list them out here, but trust me, that’s another post for another time. Sidenote, I want to write a post about tropes but I feel like there are already too many out there?

However, I do respect authors for continuing to put them in their stories. (Well, most of the time. There are some tropes that are unacceptable and that I hate to see in books, but I’m not including those in “them.”) It’s definitely a risk, but can occasionally work to their advantage.

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Talking about religion.

Religion is a topic that can turn readers off (or on) very quickly.

Personally, I love to read books that mention religion. I’m a Christian, and it’s always amazing to read books where Christianity is also incorporated and I get to experience the main character’s faith life. But I also love reading about other religions- it’s so interesting to become educated and learn more about the diversity of world religions.

Even if religion isn’t a main point of the book, and it might just simply mention once or twice that the character practices a certain religion, it’s still somewhat of a risk. Some readers might not want to read a book about a religion that they don’t practice, and the author has to accept this risk.

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Including an epilogue.

There are two types of people in this world: those who want an epilogue, and those who want to imagine the ending on their own.

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I kind of fall in the middle. Sometimes I NEED that nice, satisfying, ending. Other times, I like just imagining the perfect ending I have in my head. You know, the one where all my ships live happily ever after and everyone gets a giant bowl of ice cream.

Writing an epilogue is a risk for an author because they’re taking away the reader’s ability to dream up an ending, and making it where there is a definite this-is-what-happened-the-end. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s not so great.

I respect authors who do this though, because it really shows their clear vision for their story and can turn out really well.

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Writing about a different ethnicity than your own.

This is one is so, so risky.

There are so many things that can go wrong, but there’s the small chance it can go right, and that’s what makes me respect authors who do this (correctly!!).

My problem when I’m writing is that I want to include a diverse cast of characters, but I’m not well traveled or well educated in any ethnicity besides my own. If I want to include a character in my story that’s of a different ethnicity, it requires much research, and I don’t just mean on the character. To truly get an idea, you’d need to read books, read articles, talk to people of that ethnicity, really and truly understand it better.

It still won’t be perfect, and it won’t be as solid as if an author of that ethnicity had written it, but it’s possible. I respect any author that is able to successfully conduct research and create a diverse cast of characters that isn’t a cast of carbon copies of the author.

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And that concludes my six risks I respect from authors! Thank you to Abby for collabing with me and for being just such a wonderful blogging friend. If you haven’t already, you should definitely go read her post where she shares the other six risks we respect from authors. And you can stalk her blog while you’re at it. 😉

Thank you for reading, and I hope you’re having a lovely fall day and that you also have a lovely weekend. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post!

What are your thoughts? Do you like cliffhangers? What about retellings? Do you enjoy epilogues or would you rather infer the ending on your own? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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35 thoughts on “12 Risks We Respect From Authors // Collab w/ Abby @ When Words Fly (!!)

  1. Great post! I personally am not a fan of epilogues. I prefer to leave things a little vague at the end of good books and imagine the sort of typing up of loose ends that makes me the happiest. I do, however, LOVE cliffhangers. It’s the thing that keeps me turning the pages and buying the next books with fervor! I need to know what happened!

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    • Thank you so much! I completely see where you’re coming from there- sometimes I also love to leave the ending up to my own imagination. ☺️Ahaha, I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers. I agree that they definitely keep the pages turning, though!

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  2. This is such a lovely post, Olivia, I really like that idea! 🙂
    I agree with you about cliffhangers, they’re so risky when you think about it, and, more often than not, cliffhangers appeal to 50% readers while the other half is just bothered by it or frustrated or a little bit of both. It’s really tricky and I guess it all depends on how the author gets out of that one with the next chapter or the sequel of the book…. or, well, if a book really ENDS on a cliffhanger, that’s a whole other level of complicated, too haha. Though I really like cliffhangers sometimes, when I’m like, gasping while reading in shock and everything, its for me a sign of a good writer, too 😀

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    • Awe, thank you so much, Marie!❤️Idea credit goes to Abby and her extremely creative brain, hehe.
      That’s so true! I normally get so frustrated with cliffhangers IN the book, while when it’s the end of a book is a cliffhanger it’s usually more effective. An author who can pull a cliffhanger off is definitely a wonderful one, I agree. 🙂

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  3. Oh, this is a great list! I’m so impressed when authors take these risks and handle them WELL! It makes me love an author more, especially Rick Riordan. Somehow, no matter how many cliffhangers he throws in, I love his books even more.

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  4. As a writer that wants to get published, aka being an author, this is an interesting post to read. Writing outside my own ethnicity, but also outside my gender and sexual orientation, and such, can be a risk if the job is not well done. Writing diversily as it’s own, I don’t think is a risk. Just something normal.

    You hit a button with religion. I have a great deal on it in my project. Religion (catholic in this case) in my country caused so many hurt toward marginalized people, including myself, and is still doing a lot of damage.
    I’m still trying to find a balance between expressing my relation towards faith, which for me hold a diffrent value, and religion as something fused withing society and politics, and how is used against some people. One side of me do not want to cause hurt but the other cannot sugar coat the dark side

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  5. Great post, Olivia! I really enjoyed reading about all these risks, and I agree with everything you said. 😊 HAHAH I chuckled when I saw that cliffhanger gif; that’s honestly such an accurate representation of all of us at the end of The Mark of Athena. :’) Also, when you talked about epilogues, it made me think of the epilogue for What If It’s Us and how there were so many people who loved it, but also people who hated it.

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    • Thank you! Awh, I’m really so happy you enjoyed. 😉 HA, yes. I remember that was a lot of screaming involved when I read that ending. Ahh, I haven’t read What If It’s Us yet (I know, I know🙈) but I’m super eager to. And now I’m anticipating the epilogue…

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  6. A world without books? Elch.
    Ohhh, the Mark of Athena cliffhanger. That one might be as big of a cliffhanger as you can get- I mean **SPOILER(oh great, this is a complete spoiler, hopefully nobody reads this that hasn’t and wants to read Percy Jackson- Olivia, if you don’t think this is a good idea, don’t approve this comment)**END SPOILER they literally are falling into Hades. I would say that I strongly dislike cliffhangers.
    On the other hand, I love retellings. Actually, it depends on what story is being retold. I don’t really like Romeo and Juliet retellings, but fairytales and classics are a different story. Oh! Talking about retellings, ModernMrs.Darcy did a recent post about three Pride and Prejudice retellings that I’m excited about.
    I don’t think I’ve ever read an epilogue I didn’t like. I think religion is interesting to read about to. Oh hm, I’ve never thought about how risky it is to right about a different ethnicity as your own. Thanks for writing about that!
    And I would want to read a tropes post by you. :))

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    • I know, right. *shudders*
      It really is as big as it can get. Haha, I don’t think it spoiled it for anyone, but just in case, I edited your comment to have “spoiler” and “end spoiler” in it. I had no idea I could edit comments until now and it definitely feels like a very odd power to have. Did you ever notice the dedication at the beginning of House of Hades? It’s HILARIOUS, and it references the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book.
      Okay, yes, Romeo and Juliet retellings are a little old by now. I love fairytale ones, too! I’ll have to check that post about because I want to read some more classic retellings.
      I agree with epilogues, ethnicities, religion- YES, I agree I agree I agree. *deep breath*
      Aww, that’s good to hear! Okay, maybe I’ll have to do one soon. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well, and that if you get this week off for Thanksgiving you have a great break!

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      • Oh thank you, that’s a great idea. Whaaaat, I didn’t know that! I was literally thinking how I had no idea while I was reading how you edited it. Hm, it does seem like an odd power. Wait no, do you remember what the dedication says? I think I would be disappointed if Rick Riordan didn’t have a good dedication.
        I know, I agree very much. Yes, tell me what you think! Maybe we could do a little buddy read? I say little because I’m guessing it won’t take as long to read as a classic. My schedule has calmed down with volleyball being over, but if life is still hectic for you, I completely understand.
        Hahaha!
        Thank you thank you, I am doing well and I do have Thanksgiving break this week! I love breaks. I’m guessing you do too, and I hope yours is amazing too. :))

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  7. this is such a fantastic post!! i admire authors so much and theres so much respect for those that take that EXTRA risk, especially with things like cliffhangers and overused tropes but when theyre done right, THEYRE INCREDIBLE

    great post!!

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  8. love love this post x infinity, like *heart eyes* I agree with you 100% on every point. I feel like they are a “hit or miss” kind of thing? Diversity and representation is so so so important in books, and we’ll always appreciate authors because they are just so amazing? I stan.

    Ahh though tbh that cliffhanger GIF was indeed a cliffhanger XD my heart almost stopped and I almost screamed when the person lost their footing 😬😂

    great post as always! ❤

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