Nicole over @ Feed your Fiction Addiction wrote a post last week about The Irresistible Pull of ARCs – (great post) which sparked thoughts of why those ever-loving ARCs we try to get our hands on, aren’t always a good thing.
We love ARCs. I know I do. There is no way around denying that. We get excited when we get approved for a book, or when one shows up at our door. Yet – we groan and complain about the overwhelming feelings and obligations to read them and LOVE THEM ANYWAY. Everyone has their own.. pull towards them; whatever they may be. So why do I feel like they can be a double-edged sword?
1. YOU’RE DROWNING IN BOOKS
This is probably the most obvious reason. Logging into Netgalley or Edelweiss is always a good way to test your restraint. Especially if you are auto-approved by any publisher. But with all those ARCs come responsibility and some would say, obligation. Then, depending on who you are, guilt slides in and takes over. You’re overwhelmed because you don’t think you’ll EVER get through them. You’re guilty because your READ to UN READ ratio is high and because, all those other unread books are just sitting there.
Granted – it’s a little different if you receive unsolicited ARCs. But I feel like majority of us request those books – and we should read them. That’s what they are there for. Are there reasons we don’t get to them? ABSOLUTELY. I can tell you at least 5 that I changed my mind on reading. It happens, I get it. I’m just sayin.
Also – too many requests and not enough feedback could potentially ruin your relationship with a publisher. I could be wrong – and correct me if I am – but if you request too many books and never review them, why should the publisher continue to do so, especially when there are HUNDREDS of others that WILL REVIEW IT?
2. HOW MANY OF THOSE ARCS THAT YOU READ DID YOU PURCHASE?
This might only be ME – but generally, if I have read a book and didn’t LOVE IT, I wont buy it. I have to absolutely LOVE IT to add it to my shelf.. And I mean LOVE.IT. I am a serial book pusher, and I know that people have purchased books based off of my recommendations, which is the POINT of ARCs. But I feel like I don’t buy as many books as I used to. If even 5 people are anything like me, that’s at least $89.00 in lost sales (based on a hard cover that is $17.95 and I am stingy bitch. I wont buy a book if I didn’t love it). If there has been a book you wanted to read and don’t have the money for, HELLO LIBRARY. But if you don’t use the library, what’s the point?
3. JEALOUS MUCH?
I am GUILTY OF THIS too – so chill. When someone else gets an ARC that you were DYIIIIING to read. It’s human nature to get jealous; someone else has something that you want. This can cause riffs between bloggers (doubtful) but really, who wants to feel jealous? It’s an awful feeling.
4. ARE THOSE REVIEWS EVEN READ?
If I am reading an ARC review, I generally skim. Especially if it’s a book that I plan to read soon. (Yes, this could be said for any book that I haven’t read). Because a.) Spoilers are a nasty mean bitch and b.) I don’t want to head into a book with biased thoughts – or high expectations based on what someone else said. This can’t only be me – if you have 5 billion people loving a book, you expect it to be good, right?
5. POWER TRIPS and ENTITLEMENT
I may need to put my foot in my mouth after this – but I have gotten a VIBE from others when they receive an ARC that not many others have gotten. Or when someone else received one and you feel like you should have gotten it too. It makes you feel special, and honored. But trust me, we feel that vibe coming off you, intentional or not. This could tie in with jealousy – but then again, there are books that were MUST HAVES for many people (uh, remember that line at BEA for Heir of Fire, y’all?!) that I had no desire to read. There must be others that could care less, too.
There you have it. Those are my TOP 5 reasons. I am in no WAY saying that ARCs are purely a bad thing – in all honestly, they are a necessary evil (good thing?). There are tons of books I would have NEVER picked up in a book store that I loved because I received an ARC. I also write this hours after browsing Netgalley and Edelweiss. We love em, we hate em. Either way, we can’t live without em.
After reading this post to my husband – he said, “Will this stop you from receiving them?” FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Do you agree? Disagree? Tell me why! 😉
Is there another reason you feel that ARCs are potentially bad that I didn’t mention? I WANNA HEAR IT.
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.