03 February 2013

Quitting A Series

So earlier this week I started reading New York to Dallas (JD Robb), book *checks* 33 *faints* in the In Death series. This was my first GoodReads status update about it:
I have a feeling this is a make or break book for me. I want to see some growth in the characters...well, except for Roarke...since the only thing he can't seem to do it BBQ, I'd like him to devolve :)
And this was my second:
Any of you who love this series with a passion should probably ignore my status updates while I read this book as I'm going to be snarky. Seriously...why does the villain always seem to have some personal beef with Eve? It reminds me of the main character in CSI Miami...
So...not the best start...

As I alluded to in my first status update, I wanted to experience some growth in the two main characters - Eve and Roarke. Because for a while now they have felt (to me) frozen. What I mean is, there doesn't seem to be a book where Eve doesn't rant about paperwork...or about Summerset...or doesn't make a gibe about Roarke buying countries or planets...or try and hide from the hair stylist...or Roarke doesn't try and interfere with Eve's case...which always ends up being personal... And Roarke always seem to be capable of absolutely everything - he's a multi-billionaire who is also a computer whiz (he seems to be able to hack and/or trace anything), a brilliant thief, seems to own every building Eve needs to enter, oh, and did I mention he's tall, dark and handsome? The only thing he can't seem to do (ATM) is BBQ...I have no doubt he will be able to do that at some point in the near future.

Because I borrowed the book from the library I kind of felt obligated to read it and...obligated to continue with the series since I've invested so much time in it. And that's the crux of the matter. I wanted to keep reading so that eventually I will know how the series ends. But last night as I was standing in the shower (I seem to do all my great thinking in the shower - it's one of the few places I sort of slightly relax) I suddenly wondered why I was reading it... I would just end up going through all of the above 'repeats' and then Eve would get the bad guy, and then it would end. Where's the enjoyment? Because as this book was mostly set in Dallas (versus New York), I didn't get to spend time with my favourite (secondary) characters...who do seem to grow, although TBH does everyone have to get paired off? And I was glancing at my iPhone (post-shower now :) where a new Sterek fanfic was sitting I thought 'It's not worth it'. So I hearby officially quit the In Death series. And BTW the new Sterek fanfic is fantastically good - I'm so enjoying it - and I have a lot of great m/m books queued up to read next :)

So, I'm curious...what was the last series you quit and why?

22 comments:

  1. You lasted longer with the In Death series than I did. I gave up after Fantasy In Death. My favourite of the series was Innocent In Death and it is the only book in the series that I have purchased.

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  2. You lasted longer than me, too - I made it through #29 (Kindred in Death). Ack - #36 and #37 come out this year. O.O

    I think this is one of those series that isn't going to end. Alas. :( But I lasted longer with it than I did with other series I've quit, so.... I guess that's something.

    I'm not sure what the last series was, because... there have been a lot of them. :(

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  3. @ShellBell - I'm so glad it's not just me :) I just...can't any more. I enjoyed them so much initially, but...not now...

    @Chris - As I said to ShellBell, I'm so glad it's not just me :) And #36 and #37 come out this year? WOW! I don't think it's going to end either...I think series have a natural finishing point...and after a while they become...stale?

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    1. YES. That's definitely the case with the Stephanie Plum series. It's become a caricature of itself.

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  4. I still love the in Death series! *ducks and covers*

    I haven't read Delusion in Death yet - I've heard that since it went hardcover there is more police stuff and less romance/relationship and the sex scenes are tamer so I'm reserving judgement as to whether that will do me in.

    The character traits you mention Orannia are just funny quirks to me - like Eve's never ending battle with the candy thief.

    While I missed the secondary characters in NY2D as well, I did enjoy the book. I have read it and listened to it on audio - I'm up to Indulgence in Death in my in order listen but I reviewed NY2D so I listened to it out of order (though I had read up to there in paper). I have ALL the books and ALL the audios!!

    I take it you didn't finish NY2D? So you didn't find out about Eve's mother? I must say I could have used it not being her, but it did provide an opportunity for Roarke to do his alpha carer thing which is a personal favourite.

    I do think the characters have grown (and you know that Roarke mastered the BBQ by the end of the book he bought one in don't you? LOL) but because even in 35+ books, there has only been about 3 years go by, it can seem glacial.

    I really like how the relationship between Peabody and Eve has grown and I love the secondary characters so much I'm pretty happy to spend time in their world.

    That said, I can see why people quit the series at various points and what works for one reader will not necessarily work (or keep working) for another.

    As to your main question: Which series did I last quit? Well that's hard to answer because you could say I quite BDB but then again, I have all the other books on my TBR - I just got stuck at Phury's book. You could say I quit Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series, but I have 2 on my TBR (which I decided not to read after reading reviews and finding out the story was going somewhere I didn't like) and if the series picks up, I *might* get back to it. I guess you'd say I'm a drifter rather than a quitter!

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    1. Kaetrin - Absolutely no need for ducking :) I love how everyone's tastes differ :) I kind of finished NY2D in that I skipped through to the end, so yes I did discover that the villan's latest partner was Eve's mother. I do like Eve's battle with the candy thief, but we still have no idea who it is. And they just steal the candy...so it doesn't seem to progress. And while, yes, Eve has grown, it does feel (to me) very glacial...and I guess that is what frustrates me. (I have a fantasy series that feels the same.) Her relationship with Peabody though, that I can see has grown and changed :)

      And Roarke can now BBQ? *heads desk* Why am I nor surprised...I'd just love to discover something he can't do, some business deal he doesn't have something bigger and better for. IDK. I like flaws :)

      I have the next BDB book on my library hold list, but I will probably skip read it (and snark the whole way through :) and then that will be in the end.

      And LOL WRT the 'drifter rather than a quitter' comment. Once I make up my mind I'm done then...I'm done. It just takes me so long to make that decision...LOL!

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    2. You know what I want to see? (I'm 100% sure I won't get it however). I'd like to see Eve get kidnapped and then Roarke have to solve the crime! He can angst so very well. It's just another thing he's good at! LOL

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    3. @Kaetrin - oh, that would be good! And LOL WRT him being good at angst :) I'd like to (not that I'm keeping reading, but if I heard about it I'd read it) read a case that he isn't involved in...in any way, shape or form :)

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    4. Kaetrin that is just brilliant! I think you should sell that idea to Ms. Roberts. I bet EVERY fan of the series (even those who have quit) would read THAT book!!!!!

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    5. I have to side with Kaetrin on still loving on ID series. I can also see why some folks have bailed. For me, I love many different genres. So, there are some of these books which focuses more on romance, the crime/mystery/police procedural, etc. There are some times I know right off the bat who's going to the villain because NR lets us know and sometimes I just figure it out too soon (IMO). But I LOVE these characters. I do feel like they continue to grow - maybe not by leaps and bounds - and sometimes just secondary characters. And when I say sec. characters, when we're in this deep, they MATTER. But then, I still watch NYPD SVU, CSI, etc. so... maybe it's just me. :)

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  5. That's a lot-butt series. I think the last series I quit was The Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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    1. LOL! Yes. Ahhh, The Dark Hunters series. I have never tried it, bar one book, which I read as a stand-alone, simply because its sheer size puts me off :)

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  6. I've not read any of the latest releases... it was getting pretty repetitious (I agree on mostly all your points). I've not formally given up, I reserve the right to pick the series up again. That said, I couldn't finish Fantasy in Death and haven't read any since. You are definitely not alone.

    Also what sucks is that the ebook prices are OUTRAGEOUS! Cost of living is increasing and lots of book series are being ditched due to budgetary constraints :(

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    1. I love the 'reserve the right to pick the series up again' point :) I think I might be persuaded (by myself :) to read the last one, but... I've been borrowing them from the library (luckily). It's not a series I'd buy, especially because it seems never-ending!

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  7. Just thought of another series I will no longer read - the Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens. If I had been sensible I would have stopped reading them after On A Wicked Dawn, but no, muggins here kept reading up until The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae. TBH I really only skimmed through the last 3 books and have absolutely no intention of reading the books that are to be released this year.

    WRT the Dark Hunter series, I can't say that I have stopped reading them as I still have a couple in my TBR pile. I'm still completely undecided about the BDB series by JR Ward. While Lover Reborn was marginally better than Lover Unleashed I haven't been enthusiastic about this series for a long time.

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  8. I ditched that one a while ago..TBH the only one I ever really liked was the first one...then the heroines because the standard heroines - beautiful, gorgeous, etc. I still go back to one of my favourite historicals in which the heroine wasn't gorgeous (especially next to her sisters) but the hero thought so and couldn't work out why everyone else didn't think so!

    And I have Lover at Last reserved at the library, but I'm probably going to only read the Qhuay scenes and snark through the book! Totally probably shouldn't read it, but I want Qhuinn & Blay's HEA!

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  9. I'm still a fan of the In Death books, though I have yet to read Delusion--don't ask me why, because I regularly re-read many of the previous titles.

    Series that I've quit--your way--are numerous:

    The Carpahtians--and actually, anything/everything Christine Feehan.
    The Virgin River novels--and anything Robyn Carr
    The Breeds--Lara Adrian's vampires, I read the first two I believe, have the nest one or two after, have no desire to read them.
    The Cynsters--anything by Stephanie Laurens, actually.
    Immortals After Dark

    There are more, but I can't be bothered to look them up--sowwwwyyyy!

    Huh...now that I look, I think I quit authors more than I quit series--the main exception is Nalini Singh, I'm still very much into her Psy/Changelings but have no desire to read her Hunter Guild novels. I did read the first and liked it, but not enough to keep on.

    And, my great struggle is the stooooopid BDB. Gah. I don't even understand why I keep reading them, they make me angry more than half the time.

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    1. Quit - my way - LOL! Don't get me started on the Virgin River series. If the search this blog I reviewed (ranted) about...the seventh book IIRC and then I quit! I think I read one of the Breed books, but found it too similar to the BDB and so stopped. As for the BDB, as I said in my reply to ShellBell, Lover At Last will likely be 'the last' :)

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  10. Cut & Run! HA HA HA, Sorry, O, still couldn't get past the first 20 pages of book 1, alas. :)

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    1. I remember you saying that it didn't work for you :) The first book was the slowest IMHO, but...I didn't like the last book anywhere near as much as the earlier books, so I think this next one is make or break for me...

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  11. I agree with all of your reasons for quitting the In Death series, but I'm going to keep plugging away. I'm not so peeved yet that I won't spend a few hours reading the next one when I'm ready. Partly because they are different from the other stuff I'm reading and the crime plots are stand alone so I feel I don't fall behind or forget stuff if I go months between books. Having said that , I'm only on book #28 --Promises in Death. So we'll see. I bought a large chunk of the series as used books.. but now I'm borrowing from library.

    The two most prominent series I've quit are:
    The Carpathians by Feehan .. although I will read Dimitri and Skyler's book if and when it ever comes out.
    The Dark Hunters by Kenyon.. I stopped at Acheron's book which was a good place to end. It gave me closure in the original story arc, so to speak.

    I still read the BDB, but I borrow the hardcovers from the library and then look for the paperbacks at used book sales.

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    1. I look forward to seeing what you think as you progress. I think my reading tastes have changed...as they do...and now the things that didn't really raise a head just niggle and niggle. C'est la vie :) And I've never read The Carpathians or The Dark Hunters books...I think when I discovered them there was just too many :) And I borrow my BDB books from the library too. I haven't bought any since Lover Enshrined...

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