As fiction readers, especially fantasy or science fiction readers we are all used to investing years into a particular author’s book series. There are so few stand alone fantasy books that almost every book I pick up seems like its part of a series.
But there are only so many hours in my day and only so many damn books that I can fit into my life. Yet every year more NEW series are started. How the heck do I/we decide which series to start and which ones to continue?
Essentially when if ever do you decide that you’ve had enough of a particular series?
Right now I’m in the midst of that dilemma and I’ve been having all sorts of thoughts and questions running around in my head. Tell me if you’ve hit any of these.
(Imagine me shouting and getting really uppity when I say these things rather loudly to my sister as she cackles.)
– You’re reading the whatever Umpteenth fucking # in the series – (usually anywhere from say 4th to 9th book maybe?) and you think to yourself “Jeez everything in here reads just like the damn book before it!”
– It’s rinse, repeat and the writing is starting to get repetitive – how many times do I need to read the same scenario of gearing up, strapping on, bemoaning about something! Comeeee on!
– I’m getting tired of this particular brand on drama. You need to suck it up and drive on or jeezus just you know GROW. Things need a bit of a mix up, shake up. I’m feeling stagnant here – are you constipated…I think the writing is constipated – here, let me go get you laxative…
– Every new “challenge” that the protagonist faces is bigger and badder then the book previous. Jimminy Cricket! -Just how powerful can a character get? You’re stronger then me, so I’m just going to crap awesome bad-assery from my pores and become more awesome then you so I can still come out on top and maybe with a few token bruises.
– Seriously, how MUCH freaking CRAP/trouble/drama can one person REALLY get into? Dude/ette if you were a place you’d have been cordoned off with roadblocks, a million miles of hazard tape and probably put to demolition by now. Sometimes there IS such a thing as TOO MUCH ACTION!
– *nibbles* this bread is getting a little stale. I’m not getting any nutrition here. When am I going to get a little bit of closure? It’s been years now, I’m a patient person but I have my limits, some of these plot threads need to start being tied off.
– But I’m invested! – I’ve been reading this series for years now, think of all the time you’ve put into reading this series Tabitha. If you give up now – you won’t find out what HAPPENS.
– Is finding out what happens at this point worth it any longer to me if I’m eyerolling and skimming and no longer truly enjoying? I say not – but I have this fear that I’m going to miss out on something fabulous.
– The new release date rolls around for the next book and I’m no longer curled up with said book in hand, nose deep in the pages late into the night.
– You put off reading said new release for other shinier books that are “new and fresh”. Cause I like my fresh fruits and veggies folks. And you aren’t going to eat a old moldy thing you found in your fridge are you?
– When has a series hit it’s saturation point!!!? Maybe it’s different for everyone and yes definitely different for every series we read. Some I can read for 12 books and still want more – others I feel like I’m ready for it to be done after 5 or 6. How about we set a flexible limit publishers/authors – lets say give them no more then 10 and wrap it up?
I think it’s time to say good bye – I’m going to do it – I’m going to pull a Dear John…
All the signs are there. We might be happier without eachother. I loved you once but oh how my love has faded. It’s not you I swear, it’s me – I’ve moved on and you haven’t. Or maybe it is you let’s face it – it could be you, the fault in any relationship doesn’t only fall on one side of the fence. Let’s just agree to disagree and go our separate ways. I might sneak back to you in a moment of weakness but don’t wait up for me because baby I might not ever be coming home again. Don’t leave the light on.
Sincerely no longer yours,
The Disinterested Reader aka Tabitha