It's award show season for films and television. I have to admit I don't watch much award show coverage besides the opening monologue. Periodically I check back in during commercial breaks while watching other programs but that's about it. Usually I've not seen any of the films that are nominated. Also, usually, I have no desire to see the films nominated. At least in the last couple of years. Although, I do admit to the desire to see the Imitiation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly (two of my favorite actors).
But I've also been thinking about other contests and awards. The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is now open for submissions. I'm waffling back and forth about entering. I can never make up my mind about whether to or not and eventually the passage of time decides for me. Other contests/awards including two the better known ones are the Golden Heart and RITA awards and are sponsered by the RWA (Romance Writers of America). There are many others.
And this got me thinking about choosing books. Each of us have our own way of eliminating all the possibilities until we decide on a selection (or six). Do award winners rank higher on your list? Do little gold circles with the words Winner of the So-And-So Award influence your decision?
Stick with me while I insert an aside story. This weekend marks the date of buying the Worst Book Ever Written. Now I've purchased many books that didn't make it on my best book ever list. And some books I've enjoyed even though they might not have been the best crafted book. Voice, story, concept and great characters can make up for A LOT. But this book? Seriously...I can't even find the words.
Back to award winners. I admit it. If I'm looking on an author website because I'm intrigrued by something I've heard, I pay attention if it says 2014 RITA Winner, or the Agatha Award, or Giller Prize Winner, or the Stephen Leacock Award for Humor, or...whatever.
Course, it's only one way I pick a book. There are other factors at play. But it never hurts to know a book's a winner before you even start. Whether you still consider it a winner when you're done is another thing altogether.
Do you watch award shows? Do notice if a book's been nominated or won an award? Do you enter writing contests?