Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Have you ever... (1)

By nature, I'm a pretty curious person. I tend to go off on tangents, especially as I'm reading something that is new to me. This can sometimes cut into my reading time, as I head off to research one thing or another. I thought that maybe a better course of action would be to share my questions with you, my awesome readers, and get some opinions.

My first question came from a few books I've finished recently. Each of the books in question were part of a series that I've been loyal to in the past and continue to buy the books, to keep my "library" complete. But I seem to have lost the love I once felt for the storyline and/or the characters. What's a reader to do?

So, I put the question out here: Have you ever given up on a series?

I have a poll on the right hand side of the blog. I'd love to see what everyone else thinks. And feel free to leave a comment below, if you have anything to add (ie. series that you are loyal to or ones that have lost there lustre, etc.)


Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

The optimist in me always clings onto the hope that the next book will be better :D

okbolover said...

that's a great question! yes, I've given up on some series. But there are some that I will be totally devoted to and will read each one even though it's lost some of its lustre but I'm hopeful it'll come back.

The Sano Ichiro series is one of those I am loyal to. I just love the series, but the last few books have been rather meh in my opinion.

Series I've given up? The Luxe series, The Blue Bloods (don't get me started on this one), and The Gathering (series name escapes me at the moment)....

this was a superb question, btw.

Jenny N. said...

So far not yet. But for one series I'm reading I'm very, very close to calling it quits. I keep thinking that the next book will be better and that won't be so frustrated with the characters/story.

GABY said...

I have. If I don't like the first book, for example, I used to read the second only to know what else happened. But not anymore. If it's a series I really like, maybe I'll give it a second chance.

Alexia561 said...

I've given up on several series, but only after two disappointments. Figure everyone deserves a second chance, but if the next book is just as bad, then I'm moving on to greener pastures!

Still loyal to the In Death series by JD Robb and Kim Harrison's Otherworld series, but that's about it. Gave up on Stephanie Plum, Anita Blake, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

JenM said...

I give up on series all the time. Sometimes I'll still try one more book after a bad one, other times I don't bother depending on how much I initially loved the series. On the other hand, I have strange tastes and tend to like things others don't. For example, lots of people have gotten turned off the Sookie Stackhouse series, but I'm not tired of it yet. The last couple of books haven't been great, but they haven't been awful either, so I'm sticking with it.

Jackie said...

@Melissa - That's not a bad thing :-) I'm just personally not sure when the breaking point should be.

@Karoline - I haven't heard of the Sano Ichiro series; I'll have to go research it. I've been collecting the Blue Bloods (bargain buys at Chapters) but now I'm afraid to read them, lol.

@JennyN- I think one of the ones I was talking about is a done deal for me..no more books. The other, I'm still on the fence. The OCD in me, though, feels the need to have complete collections :-p

Gaby - There really are too many other good books out there to get invested in a series if the love just isn't there, I guess.

@Alexia - That's saying a lot with JD Robb's 32 books, not to mention short stories, etc., that go along with it. I have 2 of the later books myself and have the intention to go back and start at the beginning (one of these days). I've read a Plum book & liked it, but haven't read the others yet. It feels to me like you have to make a sort of commitment initially, then like a bad boyfriend, kick 'em to the curb if they don't maintain that original attraction :-)

@JenM - One of the 2 sets I mentioned is the Sookie books. I'm not sure if it's my love for Eric that keeps me going, but I'm not willing to put them aside just yet. The other was Patricia Cornwell and I feel we may have now parted ways for good :-(

Laura (The Zealous Reader) said...

I usually wait until all the books in a series are released. It's so annoying to read one and then a few years later when the next one comes out, you have to go back and re-read the first. So time consuming!

I've given up on A Wrinkle in Time, Gemma Doyle, The Clique, The Immortals (Alyson Noel), Private, The Echorium Sequence, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hollow, and Bite Me. Any of those I should keep reading? Worth it?

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hey, I like this idea. :) I'm going to go up and vote now. he he he.

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