When It’s Time to Break Up With a Series

As I mentioned in my last post, I was just finishing up with my friend Sookie. I started reading the “True Blood” series when I was blogging a few years ago – there were some challenges and lots of talk in the book blogging community, so I took the plunge. Over the years I have read all of the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, and I have (for the most part) really enjoyed them. Am I reading them as high cultural literature, no, but these fun characters have made for some light, enjoyable reading. I got to a point where I didn’t even bother to read the back cover (Wait — Can I still call it that even when I am referring to the Amazon description since I usually get these books in e-form now?! I guess it’s like still calling the music I get an album, even though I am just ordering a bunch of digital files assembled in a collection … I digress, sorry). I would see there is a new Sookie book coming out and I would buy it.

But I just finished Deadlocked, Book #12 in the series, and even though it has been a fun ride, and a dependable easy read, I think it is time that Sookie and I parted ways. Why now? I am not really sure. It has been so long since I read the first ones that I devoured, but now I feel that Sookie has lost her charm for me. I know she’s getting older and so am I, but now after all this time, maybe the magic is gone.

This is not to say I am totally giving up Sookie, I love the HBO series, and in many ways I enjoy where the TV writers have taken and developed the characters even more than Harris’ books. So maybe that’s it – I want the Sookie, Tara, Lafayette, et. al. that I hang out with each Sunday.

Sookie is not the first series I have parted ways with before the series ended. My most memorable break-up was with V.C. Andrews (albeit long after Ms. Andrews had died). But it was really like I had to steel myself when I saw a new V.C. Andrews book out, because old, comfortable habits are hard to break. So we’ll see what I am saying when Book #13 comes out. I may be too compelled to know what the paper (or e-) version Sookie is doing, that I will have to read it.

But for now, Sookie: I do really think that we had a good thing going, but we’ve just grown apart. You know, it’s not you … it’s me.

How about you? Have you even broken up with a series? If so, which one, and why?

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One Response

  1. This is kind of how I feel about Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum’s books – I’ve enjoyed them but I’ve had enough.

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