Jan 13, 2014

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Question – What Makes You Quit A Series?

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Later this week I will be reviewing After the Storm, the latest book in Maya Banks’ KGI series.  I was very impressed by the first book in the series.  The emotion, the action, the story…all of it gripped me.  But what gripped me most of all was the Kelly family and their friends.  Maya writes amazing family and friend circles and I couldn’t help but get sucked into the one in the KGI book.  The second book was okay.  The third was a little better.  The fourth I quite enjoyed but the fifth I didn’t.  You see the trend here?  The latest books I found the main male characters were suffering from slight personality disorders.  What I mean is we are talking macho military guys who take down drug cartels with bombs and machine guns using almost poetic limericks when talking to their lady loves.  Oh, and this is after they tell said lady love that they are no good with words or emotions.

Okay.  Part of that is me.  I am not one who enjoys extra schmaltzy romantic words – in real life or in my books.  I just don’t believe they are ever really said (even though they may be thought) and that most of the time they just come out sounding movie-scripted instead of true and from the heart.  Yes, I am aware that books are stories and that they are sort of movie-scriptish but what makes a book and a character strong for me is that he or she is relatable and that means they have to have a semblance of real to them.  I just don’t buy the ultra-mushy man.  Especially when, for books before, he is silent and deadly and no one can ‘get inside’.  I am finding the KGI books to be getting more and more ‘too much’.  Yet here I am, still reading them.

I read After the Storm in one day.  One day!  With how busy my life is, that almost never happens.  I have to truly be consumed by the book and willing to not only pretty much ignore my daycare kids and my own children, I have to abandon most of what I usually do in a day and probably stay up waaaay past my bedtime which means I suffer for it the next day.  For me to go through all that, the book has to be worth it.  With all my complaints, what made me do this with the KGI book?  Even though I roll my eyes at a lot of what happens and what is said in these KGI books, I am still completely gripped by them.  I want to know what happens next.  I want to know how the bad guy will be caught so the couple can live their HEA.

All that to say that with my eye-rolling and finding the heroes a little bit crazy and almost stalker-y in this series, one would think this is a series I would have quit ages ago. Yet here I am.  Still reading it!

I have quit one series not all that long ago.  The Dark Angels series by Keri Arthur.  I hated doing it.  I felt absolutely guilty when I decided to stop reading it but, for me, the plot lines had just gotten ridiculous and the characters had gone flat as of the second book (I didn’t see any growth in them) and the story had gotten not only repetitive but also going nowhere.  Apparently THAT is what I need to see in more than one book in a series before I decide to quit.

So what about you? Are there series that you don’t mind admitting to having quit?  And what makes you quit a series?

 

  1. It’s always difficult to quit reading a series. I always feel a certain amount of guilt and like I’m giving up, and I don’t like feeling that way. But sometimes the aggravation with a series begins to outweigh the guilt and that’s when I give up. Unfortunately, I gave up on both Jennifer Estep’s series Mythos Academy and Elemental Assassin. While I loved the characters from both series and a had a real affinity for them and very much wanted to know what was going to happen next, I could no longer stomach all the repetition. It felt like every other page was just restating what had already been said, wayyy too many times already. To the point where I felt like the author must think we are morons to keep having to tell us the same things over and over and over again. So, I walked away from both. Everytime I see there is a new release in either series, I really wonder how the characters are and what new things are happening to them, but not enough to make me wade through all the repetition.

  2. Readsalot81 says:

    It’s easy for me to quit a series if I get bored or I have the sense that there’s really no forward momentum. I read somewhere that Faith Hunter wanted to put out 15 Jane Yellowrock books! 15. We’re on number 7 now and I see no resolution to the blasted love triangle anywhere in sight. I like her writing, and the world, I really do.. but the books have taken on the “rinse, wash, and repeat” feel to them, thus I’ve given up. I’ll read reviews when her books come out.. but I’m no longer buying them. I’ve given up on LaNora’s Eve Dallas series.. LOVED that series with an unholy passion because you saw Eve & Roarke’s relationship deepen, and their friends were equally lovely to read about.. but again.. after 30 some odd books, the repetition GETS OLD. And my pocketbook can no longer afford to hock out hardback book prices. So it was rather easy to give them up. I want an overall sense of a plot arc moving forward, and when books run into the double digits, you run the risk of characters and plots becoming stale.

  3. A couple series that I’d followed faithfully became increasingly brutal with later installments. I barely made it through Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, so when I heard that Styxx was worse, I backed away.

    Similarly, I had trouble with the previous Cat and Bones novel by Jeaniene Frost, in which the villain was into the torture and murder of women. It took me a number of tries just to get through the book because I didn’t know if I could handle Cat being hurt even worse than she had been. Much as I’ve loved the series, I may skip the new one and wait until Kenyon’s next Vlad and Leila story.

    It’s a shame, because I especially love series, but when it stops being fun…nah. What’s the point?

  4. Northwoman says:

    Yes, I quit Dark Angels also. And I quit the Stephanie Plum books. Slapstick sort of humor and extremely quirky characters are fine in small doses. But the same thing over and over just makes my eyes roll. Because there is no growth in the characters and I’ve read the same gags several times.

  5. Northwoman says:

    Oh I still love Eve & Roarke. But I forgot about ones like Hamilton’s Anita Blake – that got to be a mess.

  6. I swear a while ago I would’ve care dropping a series, but now I don’t. I’ve dropped many because second book doesn’t hold up to the first. And also if I’ve been reading a series and it’s just dragging I’ll be fed up and drop it. But I do at least try and give them a chance when I go into them.

  7. I WISH I had quiet the Steph Plum series, at least I stopped buying them

    I stopped reading the Sookie book, I just could take no more, same with the Ward books

  8. I quit when the characters has gotten so diluted and hardly resemble the original characters. One series come to mind, Anita Blake. I quit after book # 12. Same with Sookie 🙁

  9. I quit the JR Ward series when we got a ghost lover; then I quit the Janet Evanovich when there was always a car blowing up. If an author can’t come up with new scenarios to keep the books interesting why should I pay good money to read the same scenario all the time? I can find many new authors to try!

  10. I quit Gena Showalter after reading the first 2 Angels of the Dark books. I think her new writing style started with the last Lords of the Underworld book (Darkest Seduction) and it got tepid after that. The level of humor wasn’t there anymore, add in the repetition and I was done.

  11. I am not lover of the paranormal romance series. I start out with good intentions, like the first couple and then get bored with the same old story, different set of characters.

    I also get a little put off when a beloved series suddenly becomes hardback, I appreciate the success and achievement of the author and congratulate them but when you read a lot it takes the edge off having to pay so much. There are a few series I absolutely love and I persevere with the high prices for them. I think thats the mark of a good series, when I am willing to pay good money for the next book!

    I find it hard to quantify exactly what for me makes me want to stop or continue, but it tends to be a personal connection I have with the characters, and how annoyed I become with the situations they find themselves in. I have just read Cecy Robson’s Sealed with a Curse and while I loved parts of the book it had huge gaping holes in the character and plot lines for me, and some of the situations were totally unbelievable (even for UF) so I probably won’t continue.

  12. If I don’t like a first book, I won’t read the rest. In my opinion, I have not really started a series yet. But when I do, I am a very loyal reader. I just can’t stop reading a series if I have loved the first handful of books. I was on the verge of quitting Christine Feehan’s Dark series, but the last one was very good again, so now I am hopefull for the rest. The only series I have truly stopped is MaryJanice Davidson – Queen Betsy.

  13. Heather C says:

    I finally gave up on Gena Showalter’s Darkest series. I did it with a heavy heart bc she is the author that really got me hooked on paranormal romances.

    What makes me quit:
    1. The story arcs are not progressing/nothing interesting is happening
    2. It gets repetitive
    3. The characters get on my nerves and I would rather see them die than get a HEA
    4. If I DNF a book in the series…I just can’t go on to the next.

  14. For some reason I do feel guilty when I quit a series. I’ll read the blurbs and some of the reviews of new books, but unless I see something that makes it seem crazy good, I don’t go back.
    I quit the Anita Blake series when they got incredibly repetitive. Anita got more lovers and new crazy powers with every book, without seeming to have any personal growth beyond “if you don’t like me the way I am, you won’t stay in my life”.
    I also finally quit the Stephanie Plum series even though I thought they were pretty funny. Every book was a very slightly different version of the same story.
    Then there are those series I wish I had quit but didn’t! Sookie for one and Divergent for another – both endings really disappointed me.

  15. I used Arthur’s Dark Angels series as an example in my question post too. Stop by tomorrow to see my little rant. LOL Unlike you, I did NOT quit the series and I should have. But now that there’s only one book left I feel like I HAVE to read it. Urgh.

  16. I confess it’s rare when I quit a series I love or I really don’t like it anymore. I qui the Clemens series about witches, it was good but well not that good so I had to buy the books. But I can think of the Anita Blake for exemple, the books since book 12 are not that good but I’m still reading them because I used to love them and I hope it will be really good again. LOL I’m optimistic.

  17. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    There are different reasons why I have quit series, but mostly it’s because I can’t stand the characters.

    I quit the Sookie series because she would make my blood boil, I finally gave it up around book 6, I think…

    I quit the Queen Betsy series after she started to time travel. That just made NO sense and I was no longer interested in the story.

    I’m glad I didn’t really get into the Stephanie Plum series, I only read up to book 3 or 4. After reading comments about the series, I knew I would not like it and just stopped reading it.

    Not sure to consider this a series, but I quit on Susan Elizabeth Phillips after the first book from her new series. After I found out a character I disliked from that book was going to be paired with an all-time favorite of mine, I was done. Also, I felt her books were repetitive, she just choose different plot points or characteristics from previous books to make new ones.

    I’m just hoping that my beloved Charley Davidson’s series, by Darynda Jones, never goes downhill. And although there have been some books I’ve disliked in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, the series as a whole keeps on fascinating me.

  18. Michele – Guilt and feel like you’re giving up! Yes! Me too!

    Readsalot – Book 7 and no love triangle resolution in sight?! I would not like that either…

    Mzcue – If you don’t like torture, you definitely won’t want to read the last Cat & Bones book 🙁

    Northwoman – I agree that slapstick humor is only good in small doses.

    Mariya – I think you also have to at least give a series a chance unless the first book really doesn’t grab you, of course 😉

    blodeuedd – Yay to you not buying the books anymore! 😉

    Lupdilup – “I quit when the characters has gotten so diluted and hardly resemble the original characters” Yes! Great reason to quit Loupe!

    Diane – Always a car blowing up. That made me giggle lol

    Lucca – I agree with you and Gena’s more ‘serious’ writing. I have yet to read Paris’ book and I just can’t seem to bring myself to want to even though I am sort of curious lol

    Sarah – I think it’s tricky for a paranormal series to keep a reader’s interest because each book is about someone different. You are right with that one.

    aurian – I am starting to try to stop after the first book. I used to think I should give the second book a try but sometimes it’s just not worth it 🙂

    Heather – LOVE your reasons!

    Lizzie – Darn blubs! They do try to suck you back in, don’t they? lol

    Carmel – Off to read your rant!

    melliane – You are optimistic. And you’re right – if you have to question whether or not you want to spend the money on the next book, that is a good sign that it’s time to quit.

    Azucena – Oh no! A fave character matched with a disliked one?! That would suck so bad! And I would be shocked it Darynda’s books didn’t keep getting better 🙂

  19. Yikes! More torture in the last Cat and Bones? Yikes! Thanks for the warning. Maybe I’ll just pretend that the series never ends and leave it at that. Thanks for the heads up.

  20. Mzcue – No problem 😉

  21. Hi Julie: I haven’t been around much lately, but this is such a good question, I had to answer it even though it is a week old. : )

    I dropped the House or Cromere series by Kristen Painter after the second book, The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison after book 2, and the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones after book 3. I could go on. I drop a lot of series, but those are a few big ones that are fairly popular and therefore known.

    So what makes me drop a series? The short answer is this: Unlikeable characters. Now, I don’t mean unlikeable in general, I mean I personally did not like them. In fact, for me to drop a series, the heroine or hero of the story had to annoy me so much, that I seriously considered throwing my Kindle across the room not once, but several times. Here are a few types of characters that end to annoy me:

    1. Weak, needy heroines that are constantly looking for a man to save them.
    2. Overly brash heroines, who seem incapable of engaging their brains when doing “brave” things.
    3. Heroes that are SO alpha they become controlling a-holes. Barrons from the Fever series is about as much alpha I can take without wanting to punch something, and he even pushes the limits of my patience at times.
    4. Too perfect characters – this most commonly happens with love interests, but it bugs me if the main character is amazing at absolutely everything, and has zero flaws.

    I dropped Kristen Painter’s series because of #2 and the ridiculous love triangle. I quit Charley Davidson because of #2 and #3. I dropped Thea Harrison’s series because of #3. #1 annoys me so much that I rarely even finish the first book of the series. I stop half way through book 1, and/or catch the problem when reading the sample chapters and avoid the series all together. #1 and #4 happen a lot in YA books.

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