When do you decide enough is enough? When does a series stop becoming a joy and start becoming a...drag? When all you want is for the series to finish so that you can finally obtain an ending and move on... I've broken up with a number of series this year, when the effort required to continue reading outweighed the interest I had in both the series and the ending. And since a picture is worth a thousand words:
series interest/reading effort = passion (positive or negative)
And which series have fallen into the negatives already this year? Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series, Richelle Meade's Vampire Academy series and Laurell K Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series. (Apologies to those of who you believe I have just committed sacrilege.) Do I want to know what happens in these series? Well, yes, but not enough to keep reading.
When this post first popped into my head last weekend (because that's exactly how my posts arise :) I was in the process of divesting myself of yet another series - Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake. I picked up Skin Trade from the library on Saturday, but I just couldn't make myself read it. I started questioning whether I cared what was happening and realized I didn't. I thought that was it, and then I read the lovely Kerry from Saving My Sanity's post on her attempts to read Jacob's Faith (Lora Leigh). And it tied in with my musings over the weekend. I realized that I was seriously considering throwing in the towel on the Breed series too. I have been hanging out for Jonas' book (Lion's Heat) but...I've read a few reviews and I don't think the heroine and I are going to get on. And then I began to question whether I was reading the books for the characters, the overall plot arc or both...and if it's just the overall plot arc is that a good enough of a reason to actually continue reading a series?
When do you decide to throw in the towel on a series?