A while back, I posted that I was hesitant of starting series. Today is another series-related topic and it’s about being scared to pick up the next book in a series. (Seriously, Ana, grow a backbone about these things!) Let’s take a look at what happens to me…
The scene is set with Ana finishing off a wonderful book, she is elated and happy and raves about the book. It is the first book in a series and she MUST get her hands on the next book now! Spurred on by the success of the first book, she gets her hands on the next book. It is shiny and holds all the promise of seeing the characters that she loves, of seeing more of the world that she loves.
But instead of diving right into the book, she holds it at arms length. She stares at the pretty cover. Then promptly places the book on the shelf where it sits for a day. Then a week. Then longer.
What’s going on? What happened to Ana’s want to finish the series?!
This is a typical but undesirable thing that happens to me when I get the next book of a series I love. A great example of this is how my copy of Froi of the Exiles is just sitting on my shelf instead of being read, even though I really SHOULD finish it and I know I have easy access to the next book. But… I can’t. I just can’t do it, Captain! I JUST CAN’T!
What’s going through my head when this happens?
#1: What if the sequel sucks, quality-wise?
This is one of my worries for both books and movies. On one hand, it’s great that I get to read and watch more of the world that I loved. But what if the quality just takes a total nosedive? What if the author originally wanted to end it at one book but the hype surrounding it ended up pushing them into making a second book?
Briana from Pages Unbound commented on that series post with the term “sophomore slump,” and that’s exactly what I’m scared of! (Also, hello, Briana!) Can’t I just live in happy land where the writing didn’t take a turn for the worse and Book One is just a standalone?
#2: What if I don’t like the sequel?
Unlike the first reason, this one is more subjective and relative to my own likes in a book. The writing is still as good as the previous book, I have no real issues with the pacing, but I just did not like where the book went. Maybe a character that I really liked went down a path that I really did not want them to go down. Maybe their character development completely went to the trash. Or maybe it just doesn’t work for me.
#3: What if my favourite character dies?
This is a legit fear of the reader, I say! A LEGIT FEAR!
What about you, dear reader?
Do you share my fears over starting the next book of a series?
Let me know in the comments!