Thursday, September 30, 2010
Booking Through Thursday: The Series & the Shark
This week's Booking Through Thursday question asks: If you read series, do you ever find a series "jumping the shark?" How do you feel about that? And, do you keep reading anyway?
First off, I was surprised that I'm in a minority...I actually got that reference. It's been a long time since I've seen "Happy Days," but I still remember the Fonz and the shark.
I do read series books. I don't know that I've ever read a series where it went seriously off the rails...but nearly all series have books that just don't quite meet the standard. As long as it's a one-off, then I can take a single book that's not up to par. But if the series keeps going downhill....then I'll probably quit. Occasionally, a series doesn't lose quality, I just get tired of the formula. I'm thinking of the popular "theme" series. Some authors carry their theme (needlework, scrapbooking, cooking, dog or cat involvement, etc.) very well. Others get into a formlaic rut and, while the first several entries in the series may be interesting, quirky, whatever, it soon becomes boring. Those are the series I most often abandon.