According to the Oxford English Dictionary:
Snark • noun An imaginary animal (used typically with reference to a task or goal that is elusive or impossible to achieve): pinning down the middle classes is like the hunting of the snark. Origin: 1876: nonsense word coined by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark.
However, just to confuse matters, for the duration of this post, the above definition bears no relation to my utilization of the word :)
Earlier this month I picked up JR Ward's Lover Reborn from the library. And looked at it. And looked at it. And then looked at it some more. Finally I picked it up, only to read the first page, mutter 'I can't do this' and put it down. Up until Lover Reborn, I've read all the books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series in spite of my growing dissatisfaction with the author's writing style. TBH I was really only reading Lover Reborn for two reasons: 1) for any scenes with Qhuinn and/or Blay (as a set up to Lover At Last) because they are my two favourite characters; and 2) because I wanted to snark about all the things in the series that drive me nuts (e.g. the obvious product placement and the inability of the characters to use actual words when speaking [because they would much rather use slang, and who just doesn't love reading about pieholes?]). So to all intents and purposes I was going snark hunting! Although, let's be honest, I couldn't pick an easier hunting target because the slang and product placement are not hard to find in this series. And no, it's not a good idea to pick up a book when you know it's going to annoy you and you're going to rant about it. It's not fair to the author. But I liked ranting about it. Yes, past tense. Because the thought of wading through 572 pages, even snark hunting, didn't fill me with joy. And I had just discovered the Falls Chance Ranch series and...so (desperately) wanted to go read that. So in the end I just leafed through the book and read the Qhuay scenes, although it took me a further 2 weeks to do that. I know, a pitiful Team Qhuay supporter I am! Yes I want to read Lover At Last. In fact, I just placed a library hold on it, but I'm...worried about whether I will start and/or finish it.
So, have you reached a point in a series where you just can't go on, even though you liked the premise, the initial books and still like the characters?