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Series- What Hooks You and What Makes You Pass?
Ok so let's talk about series. I read a lot of Contemporary YA so I can definitely be more picky about what series I want to start. It seems like most fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian are all series these days. But Contemporary has a lot more standalones. I consider this good and bad. Good because I really DON'T like to read a ton of series and I guess it's because it's a lot to keep track of. Like I have all these characters' stories in my head and I have to keep them there because their stories aren't finished yet. With standalones I don't have to actively keep the story in my head. If it sticks, it sticks. On the other hand Bad because if I truly love a book and a character, I get sad to have it end. I get to hoping someday the author will change his or her mind and decide to make it a series. And that rarely happens, so :(
These are my reasons for staying with a series:
1. The First Book Rocks My World- obviously if I'm in love with the first book I will want to continue.
2. There's a MAJOR cliffhanger that shocks me- Yeah I'm a sucker for good cliffhangers. Even if I don't love love the first book, I will sometimes read on with the series to find out what happens.
3. Most of the series is already published- If there's no waiting for books to be released sometimes I'm just like why not?
4. Other Bloggers assure me that it's worth continuing- I trust my blogging buddies and if they say it gets better, I'll give it a try.
Here are my reasons for DNFing a series:
1. The book offends me- Sometimes I think my personality just clashes with certain topics in books... and if we're really not getting along, I usually will just call it quits on the series.
2. The cliffhanger at the end takes a bad turn- There have been books *cough* Wake *cough* that are one way throughout the entire book and then right at the end it turns the book into being about something completely different. I Don't Like THAT!
3. I don't click with any of the characters- I've been reading a lot of books lately where I am not liking ANY of the characters. I can't imagine reading a drawn out series if I don't like at least one of the m/c's.
4. The series keeps going and going and going and going- Really I'm probably only good for like 5 books. So if the author is planning on more than that, I'm bound to get bored and quit. HELLO Sara Shepard!
Series I'm Addicted to Right NOW:
- The Jasper Dent series- Serial killers scare me and I like Jazz a lot. Plus the 2nd book had like 3 intense cliffhangers going on so...
- The Mara Dyer series- Creepy and cool and I once I start I can't stop with these books
- The Shadowlands series- Ok so this kind of broke my rule for changing what the book was about right at the end... but man it was a mindfuck that actually liked.
- The Visions series- I LOVE Jules.
- The Lux series- I wasn't sure how many books were going to be in the series... but I was starting to get nervous. I think there's only going to be 5, so that is do-able. But IDK about aliens. Will I really like a book about alien love?
- The Selection series- Yeah I just don't think the feminist in me can do this book. It's too Bachelor sounding. Girls standing around hoping a guy will "pick" her... and insta-love.
- The Dream Catcher (Wake) series- I just didn't like that ending in book 1.
- The Princess Diaries series- WOAH too many books. I read the first one and I heart Mia and Michael... but I think I'm too old for these books. AND like I said the series goes on forever.
- The Gallagher Girls series- I don't know if I like books about spies. I *think* I do, but do I really?
- The Jessica Darling series- I've read the first 4 but I've been putting off reading that final book because book 4 pissed me off something terrible. Jessica was NOT the Jessica I wanted her to be. She was the same girl at 22 or however old she was as she was at 16. I wanted her to GROW and she just didn't.
So what makes you want to continue on with a series. Are you one of those people who will push through and read the series even if you weren't feeling the first book? Or do you call it quits? Is there anything that will make you change your mind about continuing on?
Have you read any of the series on my list of ones I've been avoiding and are they worth giving them a try??