At what point do you break up with a series or an author?
Honestly, if I’m not enjoying where the series is going, I’m probably out. If it takes me several books into the series to realize it isn’t fun anymore, oh well. If I only have a couple of books left to finish the series, probably oh well too. Because there are so many books out there, why waste my time reading something not enjoyable? Same goes for an author – at whatever point I lose respect for them or their writing style, I’m out. Authors behaving badly? Out. Start writing in a genre I don’t read/like? Out. I used to want to finish out series if I started them, but I also used to have more free time.
Ugh. This is a tough one. There are some series that I’m still reading which I should have long ago given up on, and some I dropped like a hot potato right away. Yes, I’m still reading the Stephanie Plum books, even after more than 20 in the series. I don’t have the overwhelming urgency to read them as I used to, but I feel like EVENTUALLY, I’ll learn if Stephanie chooses Morelli or Ranger. But I stopped reading the Game of Thrones books after the first two. They are long, too many characters, and I just don’t care. (I like the tv show just fine, though.) I think breaking up with a series (or not) is dependent on the reader. Is the series still fresh? Are the characters moving forward, growing? Do I, as the reader, still care? If that’s the case, keep going. If not, stop. There are too many books out there to bother with books I don’t care about. Unless I’m hate reading the later Outlander books. Then I say keep reading. Maybe they will get better!