June 5th is the release of two of the first series I read, MaryJanice Davidson’s Queen Betsey & Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita series. Both books for me where DNF’s (Nat didn’t finish), I just couldn’t get into them like I used to.
My excuse for Anita has always been, the sex. There’s too much, too many people involved & it’s shaming in a way. She’s all girl power, yet she doesn’t have a single female friend because she’s just a bish. This time around, I got 100 pages into the ARC and it wasn’t the sex. There wasn’t sex in those pages, it was all Anita. She annoyed me, and the over description of her weapons and job as an executioner made me shanky. For one, I know what her job entails, it’s actually nice to see her doing her job and not all about the damn stupid sex. But the weapons, come on. I don’t need a play by play description of what weapons she has on her, enough damnit. I quit.
With Betsy, it was too much of the “me me me”, she’s always been self serving but there really hasn’t been any growth as a character. Nevermind, time travel. Betsy went to Hell and now the timelines are changed, people who should be alive are dead and people who were dead are now alive. It was a giant ball of WTF I’m lost. I quit.
But why? Have I changed or has the series changed?
I do my want lists for books a season in advance, I go through publisher catalogues and pick what I want for each month. When I first started blogging, this list was massive for Penguin Books, I mean like a good 40+ books. This time around, I only wanted 5 books, FIVE?! I saw a ton of series that I used to enjoy, but no longer do. But I have replaced them with a lot of awesome new or new to me authors, thank god!
What makes YOU quit a series? Do you notice that you don’t read as many of the ones you started years ago?