I can't even tell you how many series I've failed at. They are the bane of my existence!! I mean, first of all, do you say series or series' or serieses or what? I have so many unfinished serieses.... Ok, I know that's not actually right, but just saying series, seems...not enough.
So, why is finishing a series so hard for me?
One of the biggest reasons has been series syndrome, which I chatted about a few years ago. There are so many books that weren't meant to be a series (now that I've been in this world awhile, I've talked to a lot of authors that have confirmed this), but have been STRETCHED to become one. Let me just say, WE CAN TELL!! Please, I know you pubs want to get everything you can out of a new book, but I think you're killing yourselves in the long run. We're starting not to trust you with our valuable reading time!
Book Two Sucks! Part of series syndrome is that so very often, book two in a trilogy, just sucks. I'm sorry, but it does. The first book is usually awesome, because it was the author's original story. But after the initial excitement, or after the love interests have gotten together or whatever, there's no place for them to go, so something has to be invented to cause trouble, and it's just too obvious, and usually boring. How many times can I read a second book where all the characters do is walk from point A to point C? Such a metaphor for the bridge between book A and book C. NOTHING IS HAPPENING!! Most of the time, I get half way through this book, and I'm just done. Series abandoned.
Book Three is Soul Crushing! Why is this becoming a trend? How can we trust you with the hours and hours that we're spending, if you're just going to rip our hearts out and do a grape-crushing dance on them in the end?
You may have read my post on why I hated Mockingjay. It wasn't necessarily the way it ended, it was that the book was a complete an utter abandonment of the original series. It was a "bait and switch," and I don't approve! Lately, it's becoming the cool thing, to kill off your main characters, and in general, if the book is still good, and it makes sense, then I'm ok with it. But I can only invest myself so many times in series that end horribly before I start to feel deflated, and stop trusting myself with the lives of your characters. I know you say it's "truthful," but maybe I just can't handle the truth! Who reads for truth anyway!?
Then, of course, there's blogging... I really hate to admit this, but sometimes blogging steals my series thunder a little. I can be so excited...like screaming-when-I-get-it-in-the-mail excited, about a second/third book. But then it just sits there...on my shelf...staring at me....forever. Why? Because I just got all the shiny new books that look so pretty, and they're being fangirled over, and I want to be part of all the new excitement!!! I've been better about this, since I stopped caring about staying "on top of things" with new releases, but I still get distracted by new books. I mean, I haven't even finished the Shatter Me trilogy, and I loved that book!
*This post was partially inspired by Jamie, on Twitter, asking what series we've binge read, and by Cuddlebuggery's upcoming Best Series Blog Hop!
* P.S. My favorite series (besides Harry Potter, which should always be a given) The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima! Check it out!