Random Rants and Rambling #36 | Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

» 15 October, 2015 » Vent central » 13 comments

Hello, hello!

I have had this post on my mind for ages – but haven’t really had the desire to write it until a few weeks ago. It was one of those, “WHAT SHOULD I WRITE ABOUT?” moments that I have randomly (usually at night when I am trying to fall asleep but my mind will NOT stop whirling) and this topic just kept popping into my mind! So, here we are.

There are many different angles of this topic I want to discuss. One – breaking up with a series. Two, breaking up with an author and last, breaking up with a genre. Either way, Breaking Up is Hard To Do!

Series

There are many series that I have stopped reading – for many different reasons. It could be because I didn’t like the direction the series was going. It could be because I have SO MANY BOOKS AND TOO LITTLE TIME. It could also go hand in hand with breaking up with an author. It could also be because I have lost patience waiting a year for a book – but it seems as if I am not a series girl like I used to be.

Which is a shame.

Genres

I can’t think of a genre that I have quit reading per se – but there are definitely sub-genres that I just don’t care for anymore. Like say, Dystopians. And I almost broke up with New Adult all together because holy batman, were they getting ridiculous. Luckily, I found so many great books and amazing authors that turned it around for me.

But other than that, I haven’t really broken up with a genre.

Authors

This one is a little harder to discuss because just like with series, there are several different reasons TO break up with an author. For me personally, there aren’t VERY many.

Authors behaving badly. I don’t hold everything an author says against them. They are people too and they are just as passionate and opinionated as the rest of us. But there IS a line, and there are a few that have crossed it and I just cannot support someone like that.

Another reason? ALL their books are the same. Those that know me well, know one author in particular I am talking about. The story lines are all similar, the characters are pretty much the same; just change some physical features and a name and BADABOOM!

Granted, I have found that there are some authors whose writing style is just not for me. That is nothing bad against them, just we don’t mesh well.

Tell Me Your Thoughts

  • Have you quit reading books by a particular author? Why or why not?
  • How many series do you think you have quit reading?
  • Have you “broken up” with a genre?
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13 responses to “Random Rants and Rambling #36 | Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I have totally broken up with New Adult. I was REALLY excited about it when it first started becoming popular because COLLEGE!! I loved that time of my life in-between high school and real adult responsibilities. But then I read a few of them and read a bunch of reviews of others and they were ALL the same…. and pretty blah. I guess I still have to find the ones that click with me.
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  2. Lola

    Of these three I find series the easiest to break up with and genres the hardest, although I can keep a bad early experience with a genre against it for a long time. Like time travel stories, even while I have read a good one too I am so hesistant to try any books in this genre. I usually gives genres another try and if I don’t like a book I usually atribute that to the book and not the genre. there are some authors whom’s books I stopepd reading, it’s usually when I have read a few books that didn’t fully work for me or I wasn’t wowed by the first book and thus never checked out another book by them. Great Post!
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    • tonyalee

      I think it’s easier for series, too. I get your hesitation to read time travel, those are SO tricky and I am picky about those.

      There are some authors that do well with writing in different genres and mixing things up – almost to were you can’t tell that it’s the same person. But there are others that you just KNOW whose book it is by reading and it’s those that I tend to break up with the most.

  3. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    SIGH. TONYA. Well. You know I have broken up with the Throne of Glass series, as well as Sarah J. Maas, which broke my heart. I am very against authors not being true to their characters and that is a big no-no for me.

    I am notorious for not finishing series, but I can’t say I would break up with them. If I start a series, I typically like to finish them. But sometimes, it’s a time thing like you said.

    I don’t know that I’ve broken up with a genre so to say. I have gotten tired of some, but I haven’t fully broken it off with them. LOL.
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    • tonyalee

      HA, yes that is a good reason to NOT read her books anymore. I wonder if that is an isolated incident or not. Do you remember the post I wrote about a year ago, asking if we think authors tend to cater to the majority? I wonder if that was the case?? Not sure, since I didn’t read them!

  4. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I am really bad at breakups. SO bad. Even if I know I should, I don’t. The ONLY instance where I do break up with an author (like, FB officially 😉 ) is when they have crossed the line you speak of. Because I won’t support any kind of blatant hate OR scariness.

    As for series… there are a few I have quit, because I hated the first books that much. But after I read and at least moderately like the first book, I am wracked with guilt until I finish the series!

    And genres… well, I am not really completely abstaining from any, but I don’t like MG in general, and I am incredibly picky with NA. But otherwise, I will give most things a shot. I do need to break up more in general though- so I am reading things I LIKE!
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    • tonyalee

      When I really sit and think about it – there are not many series that I have “broken up” with per se, just haven’t finished because of time. But there are a few! lol

      I usually give most things a shot as well – and tend to read what I like 🙂

  5. Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

    I think I am becoming LESS of a series person (I haven’t been able to quit them yet because there are some I still gravitate towards) but like you said with the direction they go in. I feel like some series I’ve read would’ve been better if they were tied up in a neat little bow in 1 book because the longer they stretch on the easier it becomes for something to go incredibly wrong. Example? Queen of Shadows or whatever it’s called. I’ve not even started that series yet and I’ve already been scared off by everyone’s “WTFing” to that book.

    I haven’t yet found a genre that I’ve broken up with. Well I kind of shy away from dystopia which USED to be my favorite but honestly they’re all basically the same underneath. It’s sad. Though I have found 1 or 2 unique gems that I’ve gotten into.

    I don’t think I’ve broken up with an author I absolutely loved. I mean one I’ve tried once or twice sure. But not one I’ve loved. Though I guess if it was only once or twice it couldn’t have really been a break up really. I’m like you though unless they have some sort of unforgiving bad behavior pop up or their books all start running together and it seems only the character names have changed….yeah it’s time to go.

    Oops I kind of made a blog post sized comment haha yikes! But it was a great discussion point!! 🙂

  6. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    Great post! I think the easiest thing for me to break up with is authors. Particularly if they’re of the “behaving badly” type. But sometimes, for me, the breakup isn’t all about bad behavior. It might be that I’ve just stopped enjoying their books or, in some cases, they’ve done something so despicable (IMHO) to characters that I just can’t support them any more. I also find it pretty easy to break up with series. Mainly because I suck at them. I just can’t stick with them if there’s a big delay between releases. And, you know, if I’m not enjoying them, I’m not going to keep reading just because I started.
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