Sunday, July 14, 2013
I know, what? Two Sunday Salon posts in a row? Well, I'll be out of town next Sunday so unless I magically get something scheduled, the fun stops here. But it feels nice to get back to these posts--seems weird and silly that this is only my 5th Sunday Salon post for the year.
Series. And to be fair and all encompassing, let's throw in trilogies as well. I've come to learn over the past couple of years that I am a terrible reader of series books. In the past, before I came to terms with this, I would collect series books. Every time I stepped foot into a Half Price Books I scoured the shelves looking for hardcover copies of the Stephanie Plum books (which I had never read!). Now years have passed and I've still only read the first book. I've been slowly picking up the Thursday Next books, the first of which I loved, but it's still the only one I've read. And the killer? I've been halfway through Mockingjay for almost a year!
It seems as though lately series books and trilogies are all the rage. And I try, I really do, but I just can't seem to stick with them. I adore Flavia de Luce but have only read the first two of Bradley's mysteries. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a thrill ride but I still haven't taken the leap to the next in the trilogy. I find myself commenting more and more on blogs that a certain book sounds awesome but I just can't seem to get myself into series. So sad Trish!
Why? I think my lack of enthusiasm for series books boils down to one thing: the commitment issue. How many damn Stephanie Plum books will there be? As it is, I could spend a good portion of my year reading only Stephanie Plum books (I just use this as an example--fill in the blank with any series). Then there's the thought that I could be tied to a series indefinitely as books continue to be published. I did read the Twilight series (that last book was a struggle!) and Harry Potter, but they had specific ends in sight. If I wanted to drill down even further, I'd say that this is really about variety for me.
But yet, there are serial books that I am interested in reading. On a whim I picked up all of the Outlander books in an ebook bundle, and I've had my eye on the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. But can I really commit? Do I really want to devote so much time to the same characters and world and writing? (and yes, I've watched all of the Law and Order SVU episodes over the years so it appears this is limited to books). Time will tell!
What about you? Do you enjoy reading books in a series/trilogy? What draws you to them? Any good series you think I should absolutely give a shot?