Weekly Geeks: Book Series
What series do you read where you have had an issue with one of the books in the line-up? Do you cut the author loose after one miss, or do you have a limit of failed books in a series before you toss in the towel?
I cannot say I’ve had this problem very often, so I may need to throw this open to our readers! While I used to read series after series when I was younger (The Immortals by Tamora Pierce, The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, and of course The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin), the only major series I’ve read recently is Harry Potter.
Admittedly, I had a bit of a problem with Order of the Phoenix. I don’t even remember why, now, but I can imagine that it was the same problem I had with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — it was just too dark, and I am much more a fan of the books that feature Voldemort as little as possible. Thankfully, after I viewed the movie, I found it much easier to reread the book, and so I haven’t had that problem again.
A movie viewing also cured me of the only other “series” problem I have had — The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien, which took me forever to read even after watching Peter Jackson’s interpretation. Middle books, I think, are tough. Lacking the novelty of the first book and the excitement and conclusion of the last, middle books are a bit like middle children — often overlooked and under-appreciated.
What do you think, readers? Have you had this problem, too? Tell us all about it! How do you get through a rough book in a series?