For me, author and series burnout are two different things; once I stop feeling a certain story arc, chances are that I’m never going back. There are just too many other good books out there to waste time trying to get blood out of a stone. It usually takes quite a bit for me to completely give-up on a series (I’m an eternal optimist that way), but if the last few installments have been a real struggle to get though, I consider that as having tried before throwing in the towel. When you start to see your favourite characters get caught-up in a downward spiral, it becomes almost too painful to watch, and I’d rather get while the getting is good—if you know what I mean—give up before the protagonists hit the point of no return and ruin your previously high opinion of them.
Authors on the other hand are a completely different kettle of fish; they often switch genres, voices, worlds, POVs, etc so just because I’m no longer feeling one of their series doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy their newest project. Plus, I’m not a big fan of writing off an author completely, it just seems too final to me. However, if it’s their actual ‘style’ that I have a problem with, then yes, chances are that they’ll end up on my blacklist. It’s nothing against the author themselves, but sometimes our sense of humour clashes, and when that’s the case there’s just no saving it. Ashlyn Chase is a good example of this; I’ve started two of her series (FLIRTING WITH FANGS TRILOGY and STRANGE NEIGHBORS) only to quit them after the first book. I’m sure plenty of people enjoy her writing style, but it’s not for me.
I haven’t given up on very many series because I’m a little OCD in that area and must always finish what I start (no one can accuse me of being a quitter!). The main one that comes to mind, and I’m sure that I’m not alone in this is ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER. BULLET has been sitting on my shelves for god knows how long, and there it’s going to stay.