Once you start a series, are you compelled to read the entire series, even if you no longer really enjoy the books? In other words, are you suffering from Serial Addiction? or just plain old OCD?
Nope. I’m perfectly fine letting a series go if I’m not enjoying the books. Really, if a series is super duper long (i.e. more than 7 books), it is more likely that I’m going to call it a day with that series eventually. Call it short attention span or whatever, but I find long series that are ongoing and do not see an end in sight to be tedious and repetitive, and I get bored. And bored means I move on and read something else. Maybe with the intention to return to that series someday later, or maybe I put it on the shelf permanently. There are too many books and I’m still working on that immortal thing.
I like to complete a series. However, if the series loses my interest, I do not always finish that series. I suppose it depends on how much time I have devoted to the series. For instance, I feel I must keep reading the Outlander Series even though the books are not as interesting to me anymore. The first several in the series were and still are amazing every time I read them. However, I find my attention wandering for the latest two books that are out in the series. I have several series that I have started and have not completed. I have not finished the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I have not completed the different series by Abbi Glines (even though I have started all of her series.) In fact, I don’t even add every book from a series to my TBR list. I just add the first book from the series and then add the others as I actually read them.
Most of the time, I start a series without even realizing it is a series. (And really, aren’t most books these days part of a series?) But I use the first one to gauge whether or not I read the others in the series. If I enjoyed the first book, I’ll read the others in the series. If I didn’t enjoy it, I feel no guilt what so ever for not reading the others. I really don’t care what happens in the other books (I’m talking to you Maze Runner). But I will stick it out, like Rose, even if I’m not enjoying the later books in the series (ahem, Mortal Instruments). For me, though, the perfect series would follow this pattern: each book is a separate story, with an ending. And then a tease for the next book. I’m more likely to read the next book in the series than books with a cliff-hanger ending. I want some resolution with my books.