Sometimes I’ll pick up a series that I hope I will like; something new that I can get excited over. However, book one ends up being a complete disappointment, for many reasons. Maybe the world-building wasn’t good, maybe I disliked the characters, maybe the book dragged, or maybe I just wasn’t feeling it.
You’d think that, to save myself the trouble, I would stop reading the series. … Right?
Well, not really. When I pick up a series that I know is finished and the books are easily found, I just have to finish the series. I need to know what happens to which character and how it all resolves. I may not be emotionally invested in the book and really just have a “meh” feeling towards it. I may also actually dislike the books and finish the series with this feeling of “I HAVE to do this” and gritted teeth.
But I have to finish it. I should know better not to spend more time on a series that I don’t like, but I keep going anyway.
For example, Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy. I didn’t find the first book particularly interesting nor did I really connect with the characters. But I want to read the next two books, just to complete the series.
Another example would be Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss books. I didn’t really like Lola and the Boy Next Door (which I read first) and the first book did not fare any better for me. Teenage dramavalanche galore, something I don’t really enjoy reading about. However, I will still read the last book when it comes out this year, just to finish off the series.
What about you, dear reader?
Do you try to finish a series that you didn’t like? Why or why not?
Let me know in the comments!