Today I just want to talk a bit about extras in books.
“Millie, what do you mean by extras?” you ask, thinking that sometimes I’m a little extra.
Well, anything that’s not the story, really. Character lists (which I’ve talked about in the past), maps, author interviews, book club questions, and such.
I’m just wondering: do you read them?
9 times out of 10, I don’t. Honestly, I’m here for the story, man! I somewhat recently read To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers and the book includes some questions answered by both Chambers and her mother, a scientist who she consulted when writing. That was a pretty neat scenario, so in that case, I read the “extras,” but that’s the first time I’ve done it in a long time.
Mostly I feel like author interviews are more like a FAQ section. They’re pretty standard questions and I really don’t care about story inspirations (in most cases), the author’s writing process, or those types of questions. I’ve already talked in the past about how I don’t read excerpts of future books and I usually only reference maps if characters are doing a lot of travel. I often think that I’ll read some of the book club questions (or discussion questions, however they’re labeled) and use them to help me expand on my reviews or talk about things that aren’t normally found in a review. But guess what? I’ve never done that.
So basically, I don’t read the extras. I’m here for the story and only the story! How about you? Do you think I’m missing out?