Once you start a series, do you ever feel like you’re obligated to finish it, even after you know you disliked it? Almost as if you got this far, so you have to finish it?
Here are a few series that I started but never finished. Included are the reasons, and if you notice these for any series . . . maybe consider dropping it? Because there are plenty more book that deserve your time more than that mediocre pile of papers.
1. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Truthfully, I completely enjoyed this first book. However, I’ve heard nothing but contradicting things about the rest of the series, about how it’s amazing or how it’s horrible. I decided not to finish the series at all, and not ruin the image I already had of the book. And, while I did enjoy it, I didn’t exactly connect with the characters, so I saw no value in continuing anyways.
2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A lot of my friends told me to read this series, and when I finally did, I found that it wasn’t anything special. When I read it, Winter was still coming out, so I had to wait for it. Lo and behold, when I finally got a copy for Christmas, I found that I had no desire to read a 800 page book for a series that was only mildly decent. (If anyone wants to swap for a brand-new copy of Winter, check out my post HERE!)
3. The Squire’s Tales by Gerald Morris
I read nine of these books before I recognized that I had literally no interest in these. I only read them because a friend insisted upon it, and I didn’t stop because they insisted that they were amazing. I was still looking for that “amazingness” in the second to last book, before I finally threw them down. Why read these when I didn’t care at all?
4. Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding
A lesser known Steampunk series, I loved Retribution Falls (#1) and The Black Lung Captain (#2). But upon getting to the third one, The Iron Jackal, everything changes. The MC gets ridiculously selfish, and the entire book is focused on him. I went from a five-star series to a one-star, and completely lost interest in reading the fourth and final book, The Ace of Skulls.
So what can you learn from me?
1. Check trusted reviews before you read. If the series completely changes from what you love, what’s the point in reading through the entire thing? A shockingly large change isn’t always good.
2. Don’t spend money/time on something that you have little interest in. There’s really no point in continuing it and buying the books if you’re just going to feel like you’re wasting your time.
3. Similar to #2, don’t start something if you literally have no interest. What’s the point if you don’t care? If a friend tells you to read it, make sure you actually care before starting it.
4. If you find a drastic change you don’t like, why continue? Going from loving to hating isn’t fun, and there’s really no point if you dislike it.
10 thoughts on “Do You Feel Obligated to Finish a Series?”
I’m a notorious series dropper. If book 1 isn’t amazing, I won’t continue reading. Life’s too short to read a bunch of “okay” books.
I JUST started dropping series. It wasn’t until I started reviewing that I realized there was literally NO POINT in continuing a series you didn’t like.There’s no obligations. So I applaud you 👏👏👏
I’ve always been a series completionist, too; it can be so hard to accept I won’t finish a series, especially because my optimistic nature always pokes at me that maybe the series gets better. But like you said, why wade through books you don’t enjoy on the rare chance the series ends amazingly well? I’m trying to be better about letting series go; hopefully it gets easier for both of us!
I’m almost out of that phase! I just don’t see the point in following a series when I could be reading other, probably /better/ books than these.
Amen to that.
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I would prefer to finish a series, it feels weird sometimes t let it go mid- story, but if it’s not working and I’m not feeling it anymore I’ll stop. Especially if it’s a HUGE series and is going to take serious amounts of time to finish- if that’s the case I’ll cut my losses. 🙂
That was my problem too at first. But then I ran into series after series that were ridiculously long and that weren’t interesting at all. In cases like this you just have to cut losses, like you said.
It’s actually easier for me to list the number of series I’ve completed vs the series I’ve abandoned. I’ve only completed two series, although I’m about to add a third to that list in a few months. So, clearly I don’t feel obligated to read on if I’m not impressed. In fact, I usually only read the first book in a series and leave it at that.
I wish I was more like that! In all honesty, I wish they would make less series. It would be easier to handle series like that.
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