Discussion Post: Yet Another Series
I've got to be honest, every time a book I want to read has those little parenthesis that say (whatever book #1) I die a little inside. Ok, maybe not quite that dramatic, but I do let out a inward groan. Why does everything take 3 books (if we're lucky) to tell nowadays? Why can't stories be told in a single volume any more? I'm pretty over series. For a few reasons:
1. I'm just not that into dystopian, paranormal, or fantasy these days. These are the genres that seem to really rely on multiple volumes to tell a tale, not always, of course, but that's the trend. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of series that I enjoy. A lot. Like Harry Potter, for example, which I've read 3 times through. Or the Hunger Games series which is simply amazing. I also really like the Burn for Burn, Mind Games, and Pivot Point series, but while all of those have paranormal aspects, they really read more like contemporary fiction, and I'm just a contemporary girl lately. I've really tried to get into the other genres, but the number of books in those genres that I really enjoy are few and far between. So while all my friends were fangirling all over Cress and Ignite Me coming out this month, I kind of felt like Debby Downer. (Although I do totally plan on reading Cinder...someday.)
2. My book memory sucks. Before the magic that are Goodread shelves came into my life, I was known to get half-way through a book before things started to seem awfully familiar. This book memory is a problem when it comes to series. I don't have to tell my fellow bloggers how stretched time can be when you have a pile of review books staring at you. As I discussed a couple of weeks ago in my discussion post on rereading, I'm all for picking up a beloved book again and again, but I HATE having to reread the first (or second or both) book in a series just to remember what is going on. I do know about Recaptions, and as a theory I think it's awesome, but I still feel the need to actually reread earlier books before picking up the next book in a series. It's just one of my bookish quirks. A total time-sucking bookish quirk. But when I don't I just feel lost and confused.
I picked up Allegiant when it first came out and about 2 pages in realized that there was no way I could read it without giving Insurgent another look. And that's just not going to happen anytime soon.
3. I'm super impatient. Yes, the anticipation for a book your dying to read can be kind of fun in that gimme, gimme, gimme kind of way, but I'd rather have the next book now because I'm impatient like that.
Sometimes I think it is just better to wait until all of the books of a series are out before I pick up the first one. Of course, the problem with that is trying to fit 3 books in my already overcrowded reading schedule. It's probably not going to happen.
4. Which brings us to my next gripe: I just don't have time. I was debating picking up the first book in the Vampire Academy series before seeing the movie (which I haven't seen--has anybody? It's getting blasted by movie reviewers and is already down to, like, the 10:45AM only showing at most of the theaters in my city), but then I saw it has, like, 6 books in it not counting the spin-offs.
I feel the same way about the relatively new The Bone Season. It sounds really interesting, but it's huge and the first of seven! As much as I'd love to just sit around and read all day, I just can't.
5. I'm already in the middle of hundred series. I've seen a lot of bloggers post what series they have completed, what they need to complete, what they are caught up on, and what they are giving up on. I debated doing that, but I think if I actually saw it in writing I would have a break down. It's hard to get excited for a new series when I have so many incomplete series.
So am I giving up on series? Of course not. There are series coming out this month I know I'm going to read (I'm looking at you The Winner's Curse), but I'm definitely becoming more hesitant to pick up the first book in a series and am often waiting until at least the second or third book comes out before I start them. I'm also becoming more hesitant to request books that I know are series starters...and I'm definitely trying to stop requesting the second (or third) book in a series I haven't started yet. Seriously, I used to do that to myself all the time. I don't know why. It's so silly!
As always, I'd love to hear from you. How do you feel about series? Are you like me--hesitant to start them--or can you not get enough? Have you ever counted to see how many series you are in the middle of reading? Let me know!