Something which has been bugging me for a while is the sheer amount of series/trilogies about in YA fiction. You know when you come across an amazing sounding book which has you drooling in anticipation, only to get to the end of the synopsis and see ‘First In A Brand New Series‘? It’s been causing my heart to sink a little bit recently.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve LOVED certain series in the past. I’ve religiously collected each book as it’s published and get all swoony at a completed set prettily adorning my book shelves. But the truth is, my shelves are FULL of half completed series and it bothers me. I can’t physically keep up with some (most) of them and despite still acquiring the latest release, I’m that far behind with a few I doubt I’ll ever feel motivated to pick it back up. And some don’t even keep to trilogy’s…we’re talking 4, 5 books behind and there’s still no end in sight! I’ve tried the ‘read a series in a month/week’ thing but as someone who get’s bored easily this doesn’t work.
|Just some of the unfinished series I own|
It takes a great deal of commitment to stick to a series, and maybe the problem is I have a bit of an issue with commitment. Example: I’ve been blogging here over two years now…that’s longer than I’ve kept a job EVER! (although my current one is coming up to that) I get bored and move on. Or maybe it’s just that last year I started to feel a bit cheated by series. After loving first books, I was disappointed with quite a few sequels. And it annoyed me. It makes me question whether I truly loved that first book as much as I thought, maybe I’m doing the looking through rosy specs thing.
Or maybe, like the job thing it’s just down to not finding the right series for you. I was ready to denounce ALL series a couple of weeks ago, and then I read two amazing sequels that proved some series are worth sticking with (Hallowed by Cynthia Hand and A Million Suns by Beth Revis if you’re interested) I would’ve missed those if I’d decided to wipe series completely off my reading radar. And what about series like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Sweet Valley High (because I can not imagine my teen years without Elizabeth and Jessica no matter how terrible I think they were in retrospect) We grow up with our favourite series by our bedside and the characters become our friends, are constants when nothing else is.
So I’ve come to the eventual conclusion that right now, there’s just far too many and trying to get in on all of them is neither practical nor possible. I’m not ready to shut the door on series books yet, but I’ll picking much more wisely from now on and guiltlessly abandoning those that let me down. What I want more of this year is amazing stand alone novels, to enjoy a brief and enjoyable fling with without all the commitment.
What about you…are you a series-oholic? Do you find it hard to keep up with them? Or are you too a bit sick of reading a book and having to wait another year for the rest of the series?