Series I’ve Given Up On

Posted June 26, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 30 Comments

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Some series are more trouble than they’re worth.  Some start off really good, and then you start to hate the world or the characters and you just can’t any more.  Others go on for so gosh darn long that if you have to read another word, you’ll scream.  And others?  Well, on others you tried the first book and it just didn’t suit, and that’s okay.

I have soooo many unfinished series, it isn’t even funny.

Here’s a few, for fun.

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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Laurell K. Hamilton)

I actually really enjoy the first handful of books in this series.  Okay, okay.  They’re so cheesy.  But I liked Anita’s character.  At first.  Then came the ardour.  The stupidest thing.  The innate magic to allure sexy men.  Oh god, please no.  I was here for the vampire politics and zombie raising.

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Dune (Frank Hebert)

I hated this series with every fiber of my being.  I was bored, bored, bored.  I read the first book for my 12th grade English class, and disliked it so much that 10 years later, still felt the drive to write a post about how much I disliked it.

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New Jedi Order (Star Wars Extended Universe)

When I was in high school, I lived and breathed this series.  This was in that weird in-between time for the Star Wars universe, after the prequels, but Star Wars was definitely not a cool thing to like at that time.  Not like now!  I never finished the series in high school and life moved on.  After The Force Awakens came out, I resolved to revisit the series from the beginning.  Unfortunately, it just didn’t click the second time around, and I let it go.

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The (Full) Chronicles of Thomas the Unbeliever (Stephen R. Donaldson)

I won’t deny that the fantasy world in this one is well written, but the main character is despicable and the pacing is painfully slow.  Donaldson made quite a few unique choices in this, but it wasn’t for me.  It read the first trilogy (this series is made up of three trilogies, nine books total) but it just didn’t appeal to me enough to continue forward.

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Incarnations of Immortality (Piers Anthony)

I read On A Pale Horse in high school and really loved the story of Death, but when it came to Bearing and Hourglass (Time’s story) I was so, so bored.  I’m actually still on the fence about whether or not I’ll eventually read With A Tangled Skein (the Fates) – I think that whether or not I like the story may depend on the character telling it.  So this one is actually up in the air!

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Matched (Ally Condie)

I read Matched in college and had such mixed feelings about it.  I thought the world was really interesting and the characters and love story genuinely terrible.  I put Crossed on my TBR and didn’t get to it until recently and was destroyed by how much I hated it.  Hate.  There was only one character that was a saving grace, and beyond all that it was a tangled eye-roll-worthy love story pretending to be a dystopia.  I’m full out on that series, thanks so much.

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Darkest Powers (Kelley Armstrong)

The first book of this series pitched like a ghost story, turned out to be a “monster” story.  I enjoyed the first quite a bit, but the second book fell into the all the cliches.  I’d like to re-read the first one again to see if I still like it, but I have no intention of reading the last book in the series.

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The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor)

I really could have thrown any Alice in Wonderland retelling on this list, but I went with The Looking Glass Wars because it presented a large cast of characters with really interesting potential.  The magic system in this world is wicked cool, where the ruling cast has developed the ability to materialize anything they can imagine, though not all are gifted.  I really like it.  But it just didn’t work.  This is another situation where the romance ruined it all.  I found the first book a bit underwhelming, but went on to the second because it was based around Hatter and it still didn’t work.  I’m bummed out.

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The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)

Everybody loves Cassie Clare.

And I don’t.  I don’t know why, precisely, but I don’t.  I want to like her, she’s a great worldbuilder.  I haven’t read her Mortal Devices series (I knoooow) but The Clockwork Angel just didn’t do it for me.  I’m still perfectly willing to read City of Bones, so I’m not writing off Cassie Clare altogether, so please don’t throw tomatoes at me!  But I have interest in going any further into The Infernal Devices.

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Left Behind (Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins)

Actually, this is a pretty good series.  Regardless of your personal beliefs, the apocalyptic story is incredibly well-written, and a lot of these fluffy dystopians could learn from the intricacy.  I stopped reading it for two reasons – 1.) It was really long.  I think there are twelve books here now, and they are thick, dense books. 2.) For personal reasons, I shied away from the story itself.  Long story here, not relevant to the quality of the books.  Either way, I stopped reading this one.

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Have you quit reading any series?

How often do you follow through on a full series?

Do you binge read series or take it one at a time?
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30 responses to “Series I’ve Given Up On

    • Amber

      Matched was definitely one of those with a beautiful cover and nothing that made it stand apart…. I even tried a different book by the same author, and I still wasn’t impressed.

    • Amber

      Haha, glad you liked that bit! 😛

      I want to like Cassandra Clare so so bad. Her world building is really interesting, but I can’t get into it. 🙁

    • Amber

      Trust me, you are in the majority! I now know of only 3 people in the world who just can’t get into her books… and hundreds that love them!

  1. “The innate magic to allure sexy men. Oh god, please no. I was here for the vampire politics and zombie raising.” Bahahaha That’s how I felt about her other book A Kiss of Shadows!! 😂 I should try the Anita Blake series, it sounds a little better than what I read.

    And I can definitely understand your feelings on Cassie Clare. I absolutely LOVE her books, but I also think a large part of that stems from me loving them in high school. The Mortal Instruments was the first series I became obsessed with after Harry Potter, so I get all nostalgic about it, but I don’t know if I’d feel the same if I read it for the first time now. I’ll be curious too hear your thoughts on City of Bones if you ever read it!

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    • Amber

      I do think that the nostalgia helps! I am hopelessly aligned with all my childhood favorites – Artemis Fowl, the Abhorsen trilogy, His Dark Materials, etc. But I really do see so many people who have liked them and I read her Draco Dormiens series when I was in high school and *liked* the fan fiction (at the time lol)… so I know I *should* be able to get into her writing!

  2. I am so angry with the turn the Anita Blake books took. I LOVED them when they first came out. Wise-cracking vampire hunter/necromancer to the rescue! But now… no. Just… no.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  3. I definitely feel like Cassandra Clare isn’t a great writer but just got lucky with how popular The Mortal Instruments was. I’ve seen her on quite a few lists today (including mine!).

    I really like Matched too but didn’t enjoy Crossed though for the life of me, I can’t remember why. Maybe it was the two perspectives that didn’t work? Idk, it also made my list this week!

    I haven’t read any Star Wars books (I’m terrible at reading books based on TV shows/films even if I love the original content) but I totally understand not being as into something the second time around. And you wonder, what exactly changed? Why isn’t it working anymore? It’s kinda frustrating.

    Loved reading your post (as always!)

    • Amber

      Really?! I’ve been to all the wrong places! I feel like EVERYONE loves her! Casssandra Clare does seem like a genuinely nice person but… yeah.

      I feel like Crossed completely lost the story. In Matched there was at least an interesting dystopian world, but Crossed seemed to forget all about that and go for the whole “lets have a journey to reconnect with your true love(s)!” and it just felt like the WORST filled book ever? Idk, maybe that’s harsh. XD

  4. I am definitely not interest in any of the book series you’ve mentioned here. but it’s true, book series are so easy to like or dislike just by reading the first book. I guess in way, I may be jading far too quickly simply by the first book. some series gets better by the second or third book. but you’re right, some series are just so darn too long which is why I only start on a series when the whole series is finished, well, sometimes there is so much excitement over the first book, I just had to try it out.

    have a lovely day.

    • Amber

      I’ve got dozens of series that I’ve started, and *intend* to read book two adjust haven’t gotten there yet. Because I wait so long between books, It’s such a bummer when the series doesn’t turn out. Books with a lot of hype around them make it so difficult not to pick them up! 😉 We all want to be a part of the excitement.

  5. I usually don’t actually actively decide I’m going to quit a series, I just… don’t finish them… (oops)
    But I did finally decide it was time to give up on Eragon recently, after the third book sat unread on my shelf for ages and ages, and I couldn’t even look at it without wincing at the thought of picking it up. Yeah, I’m glad I decided not to force myself on that one.

    And um… You will NOT like City of Bones. I mean… you might, but I sort of doubt it. I love the Shadowhunter books, but… I think there is a very huge focus on the romance, and I’m really not sure that you would like them… I would say that Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows are BY FAR her best works, and I think you would maybe enjoy them more…? But I think you’ll end up hating City of Bones if you read it.

    • Amber

      A lot of my series are stalled, too! I’ll get there eventually!

      I actually liked the Eragon books, but they are a hassle to get through. I spent seven years between Eldest and Brisingr! I liked the last book, but the third book is *rough*. I kind of wish they’d retry making movies or a tv show of it, because I think it would translate better. BUT. It is epic fantasy and that is definitely not a genre for everyone.

      Ugh… romance. 🙁 If that’s the case, you’re probably right! I am notoriously against romance! Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, you say? I’ll add those to my TBR!

  6. I stopped reading The Mortal Devices after reading the second book. It wasn’t bad, and I agree about the world building but…I didn’t care much for the characters.

    • Amber

      I’m a character reader, so loving *someone* in the book is important to me. I’m getting a lot of feedback here on how The Mortal Devices probably won’t be for me… disappointing characters is another reason to perhaps keep away from the stories….

  7. Left Behind did tend to go on and on and on… probably well past the amount of books that they had planned for it. I guess if you have a cash cow, keep milking it, right? Which I think is what Cassanda Clare is doing with the Shadowhunters. At the moment, I’m not going to pass judgement on the Shadowhunters series or not (the only book I’ve read so far is The City of Bones, and I’m waiting for the rest at the library) but she certainly is cashing in on its popularity.

    • Amber

      My brother was just at BookCon and saw her and said she’s the nicest lady… but at the same time, yeah. A bunch of spinoff series, a tv show, a movie, and headlining book events… I’m sure she’s doing quite well for herself!

    • Amber

      Ahhh, I didn’t know the show got cancelled! My husband liked it – I only watched the first couple episodes then proceeded to roll my eyes a LOT at Clary being dumb, which was the sign I needed to stop watching lol.

      • Danielle

        I mean… isn’t everybody on the show dumb except for Magnus?! 😂 But Yeah, it got cancelled which was a shock to pretty much everybody. But the ratings were dropping season by season, but I’m still kinda heartbroken cause the show was my escape lol. Book fans kinda hated it but I treated it like it’s own entity instead of comparing everything to the books. Fans are trying to petition to streaming services to try to get it picked up again.

        • Amber

          Oh gosh, maybe I guess? Honestly, I couldn’t even get past Clary.

          Book fans will NEVER be happy with a film or TV adaptation. We’re absolutely impossible to please. 😉

          • Amber

            As a reader, I’m definitely learning to do that, and I think you’re right. Except for Ready Player One. I was too attached lol.

          • Danielle

            Ahaha I’ve never seen Ready Player One but I’ve heard good things especially from book fans! 😁

          • Amber

            It’s awesome if you like pop culture, especially gamer and “nerd culture” although the movie caters a bit better to a wider audience. 80% of all the people I’ve recommended it to love it, and the other 20% was just my brother and he sucks lol.

    • Amber

      Oh no! I’m sorry you had the same experience as me – disappointing books are such a bummer.