Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! Today’s Fun Question is
Stay or Nay? When a series you love goes bad…
I have a really hard time DNFing any book. To date, I think I’ve only put two books down without finishing them. So you can only imagine how difficult it is for me to give up on a series that I’ve really liked. I’m invested in the characters and the plot. I want so badly to believe that it’s going to get better. Sometimes it seems to just get worse and worse though. I hate when I’ve waited anxiously for the next book to come out, scrambled to read it, and then finish it and find myself wondering what the hell just happened to my series. Has the author had a moment of temporary insanity, gone of their rocker permanently, or is this a genius move that I just can’t see yet?
What makes this even harder for me is that I’ve seen series make that miraculous recovery just when I was getting ready to give up. For example, Chicagoland Vampires. I really loved the early books and then there was this space of about two books where I just didn’t know what to think. It wasn’t truly BAD but it wasn’t the series I’d fallen in love with either. But I stuck with it and sure enough, Chloe Neill restored my faith with the most recent book Biting Bad. I’m thrilled I stuck around.
One of my favorite YA series, Soul Screamers, had one book that I really did not like. That book turned out to be a pretty important transitional story, introducing key characters and setting up a path that made this one of my favorite series ever. What if I had quit it because of one book I didn’t like? I would have missed out, big time! I’m so glad I trusted Rachel Vincent to know what she was doing.
So, to date, I haven’t actually quit any series I’ve started and liked. But I do have a few that I’m feeling a bit lackluster about and wondering do I trust the author to give me back the story I loved? Do I still care about the characters? I don’t know – I really don’t want to miss out on what could potentially become great!
Have you ever quit a series? What was the moment you decided to quit?
Or do you hold on, trusting the authors to bring it back around?