Have you ever only read a part of a series, particularity the first book? To clarify, I don’t just mean reading the first book and not knowing it was part of series, but reading it and not finishing it. I mean only reading part of the series and choosing to pretend that the other part does not even exist.
The last “real” book of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth came out a while ago (I believe that there are still ebooks and short stories being released). The only problem? While I have finished and loved reading Divergent and have Insurgent sitting on my bookshelf, Divergent remains the only book in the series that I have read. Same goes for Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I read and loved reading the first book, but have not even touched the other two. And not to mention, I skipped over reading Fire by Kristin Cashore, the second book of the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy. That being said, I loved Graceling (the first book) and Bitterblue (the last book). And those are only three series. There are a lot more. My reasons for doing so?
One of the biggest reasons is that I’m afraid that the next books cannot live up to the first book. In the cases of Divergent and Delirium. I’m afraid that reading the other books in their series will change how I look at them. Also, I’m afraid that the series won’t be as good and leave me disappointed.
Features Different Characters.
This applies to series who feature different characters every book with only guest appearances of the characters we grew to love in the first book. Series like Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Every book focuses on a different pair of characters and I usually spend a good amount of time reading the following books just to catch a glimpse of the main two characters who started the series.
Different Time Period
When I say different time periods I mean books in a series that act as a prequel or a look into the future. This is one of the main reasons why I chose not to read Fire like I mentioned above. Not only did it feature different characters than Graceling (see the reason above this one), it also took place in a time before Graceling. Now, I know some people can argue that reading the prequel can help you understand the world more, but before you start hating me, let me say something. I started reading Fire but just could not get into it as hard as I tried. Maybe it was because I wasn’t in the mood. Maybe it was because I missed Katsa, Po, and Bitterblue. But the fact that I knew Fire was really a prequel was what influenced me that I would be fine skipping it. If it wasn’t a prequel, I probably would have suffered through it (or tried harder).
A LONG Time Between the Publication of Books
I hate waiting for books to be released. I especially HATE waiting for the next book in a series. The wait for The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, just about killed me after I read The Lost Hero. I counted days and everything. Okay, so maybe I wasn’t that obsessed. If I’m honest, if I have to wait more than
twoone and a half years for the next book, I would probably lose interest in it. And when the time comes around and it is finally published, I probably would have totally forgotten it by then, as sad as that sounds. I’m just not that patient when it comes to waiting for books to come out.
Series that Drag On and On (AKA the Series that is Way TOO long)
Some good examples of this is the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson and the Mortal Instruments series by Casandra Clare. They should have ended a lot sooner than they did, but instead just dragged on and on. If I’m getting tired of the dragging and boringness of a series, I might kick them off my TBR without finishing the series
So have you ever only read part of a series?
If so, why did you quit?