Ever been in the middle of a really great series that turned BAD?
That first less than stellar installment is disappointing. Maybe it even makes you angry. But is a single bad book enough to make you quit a series that up to that point has been an excellent investment of your time?
But what about when the next book is crap too. And the next . . .
Maybe you aren’t as stubborn as I am, or maybe you have more self-control . . . or maybe you don’t, and you find yourself in the same situation—continuing to buy books from a series that is LONG passed it sell by date.
WHY do we do this?
I combed my Goodreads bookshelves looking for examples, and accidentally stumbled across the (MY) reason instead. It can all be boiled down to one word:
You see, amidst the series I stubbornly continue to purchase despite them having more bad to mediocre installments than good ones, were the series where that gamble paid off. One of them—Mercy Thompson—is even on my Top 5 UF series list. People, I did not like the first two books at ALL. If I had been as overwhelmed with books when I first met Mercy as I am now, I never would have continued the series. But I was bored. So I kept reading, and oh-happy-day, book 3 was pretty darn good. So was book 4, then lo and behold, book 5 was friggin’ awesome.
Gamble. Paid. Off.
Something similar happened with Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series. I DNF-ed the first book the first time I tried to read it. Kitty was a submissive mess, and I was pretty much disgusted with her character. Then about a year later, I picked it up again b/c bored (<——it’s a pattern). I pushed through the first part of the book, and before the end it became apparent that Kitty was in transition, and left to her own devices, she absolutely wasn’t the reprehensible excuse of a female that she first appeared to be. I kept reading the series, and it took awhile, but Vaughn’s writing style really grew on me. Now I always get around to reading whatever new books she comes out with.
And as one of my friends pointed out to me earlier this week, ALL series have MEH installments. We just ride the wave.
So that’s why I do it. Do you have different reasons? Or even BETTER, do you avoid this entirely (and care to share with the rest of the class your tried and true refusal tactics)?