If you read speculative fiction, then you read at least one long-running series.
You have too. It’s inevitable.
In my case, lover of urban fantasy that I am, that’s primarily what I read.
But what about the series that don’t go so well? The series you’ve already significantly invested your time (and money) in that take a turn for the worse?
When do you call it quits?
For me—as always *snorts*—the answer is complicated and varies on a case by case basis.
I previously stated in another Bookfessional that I Have Rules, and while that list is a fairly reliable set of criteria covering what types of books I should avoid, what those rules don’t cover are my Deal Breakers . . . B/c most of the time, I don’t know what my Deal Breakers are until I encounter them, or they’re so obviously wrong that I didn’t think to include them.
Take Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. I read and (mostly) loved the first five books of the original series.
In the spinoff, the new main character is either a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old girl (it’s been awhile; I don’t remember the specifics) who has sexual encounters with adult men.
That’s a hard no.
Most incidents, however, aren’t as cut and dry.
Jane Yellowrock, for example. I’ve been reading Jane almost since the beginning, and for many years it was one of my Top Five UF Series.
Over time I developed various irritations and frustrations to different recurring elements in Jane’s world, and in one case, an absolute loathing of one of her love interests.View Spoiler »Then there’s that damn blood diamond that keeps causing trouble, which Jane (inexplicably) refuses to get rid of, the European Vampire Council that is a consistent no show, and Jane’s new ability to slow time, which causes her no small amount of physical damage—potentially life-ending damage—that she refuses to quit using. « Hide Spoiler
I took a temporary hiatus after the second installment that the European Vampire Council didn’t show, then I’d almost decided to give up the series entirely after my hatred of Rick LaFleur ruined my reread of the first few books, BUT . . .
Then COLD REIGN.
In the latest installment, I have it on good authority that the thing I’ve been so impatiently waiting for finally happens, and book bff, who has never loved Jane like I love(d?), Jane gave it five stars, something that is as rare for her as it is for me.
Additionally, Hunter’s new Soulwood series is aces, so . . .
Is Jane back on the table?
B/c the infuriating truth is that once I know what an author is capable of, something that is impossible not to know after several really good installments of a long-running series, even after a handful of stinkers, it’s almost impossible for me give them up.
Unless a Deal Breaker is involved, of course.
What about you? What are your Deal Breakers? What (if anything) makes you quit a series you’re significantly invested in?