When to Give Up on a Series
Since I’m participating in the A Series A Month Reading Challenge this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about series. And I’ve been thinking mostly about series that might start out strong, but then, something happens along the way, and they just kind of fizzle out. At what point do we decided to stop reading that series? Or do we carry on, determined to finish, just in case it gets better?
So many series that I’m trying to read
or finish reading this year
I’m going to use a not-so-popular opinion as an example: the Divergent series. I think that series started off FANTASTIC but then, while I enjoyed the second book for the most part, I had ISSUES with it. And those issues weren’t solved in the last book. And I know that there’s a certain THING that happens in the last book that most people are upset about, but that’s not what bothers me about that book. In fact, I think THAT THING is really very realistic for the story. What bothered me is that I feel like the author had this great idea in the beginning of the series and then couldn’t make the world all make sense. I mean, when we found out what the Divergent people really are, I was extremely disappointed. It was SO anticlimactic. And for that reason, plus my issues from book 2, I have no desire to read or see anything about that series ever again. In fact, it will take a lot for me to even read something by that author anytime in the near future. Maybe I’m being harsh, but that’s just how I feel.
And then there’s other series, long series where you might not even make it to the end. For me, I have yet to read the last two books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I want to read them, but I know so many people were so disappointed with the end that I’ve been putting it off. And I don’t really remember all of what happened in the books, so in 2014, I decided I wanted to go back and reread them all. But I only made it through the first book and lost interest. I’m not sure if I’ll ever finish that series.
And this can happen with shorter series, too. I’ve been binge reading the Song of the Lioness series and while reading the third book, I hit a huge funk. I wasn’t interested in the book, I was annoyed by many aspects of the book, and I just didn’t want to read it. I’m not sure if it was just the book that was putting me in the funk; it could have been a lot of factors. But I had committed to reading that series for the month of February, so I pushed on.
And then there are just certain things that happen in books that may make us never pick up the rest of the series, even though we enjoyed the first book or two. I know that someone once commented on one of my posts, saying that she enjoyed a book but because a character took the lord’s name in vain, she stopped reading. For me, that’s kind of harsh. Even if I was religious, I don’t think that characters saying something that I wouldn’t say is a reason for me to stop reading a book or series. But if books are problematic, that might make me stop reading or seriously consider it.
So what about you guys? Do you soldier on through series just to see them to the end, even if you have issues with them? Or do you get to a certain point, and just decide that you’d rather be reading something else? And are there certain things in books that might make you stop reading a series you otherwise really loved?