I’m probably the first person excited about the sequel of a book once I’ve read the first. Wait, scratch that… I’m already excited before I even read the first book. I just love story continuations. I want more of the story and it makes me happy to know that the book I will read or am reading now will not end with just one. However, I often don’t get past the first book.
I’m a big series quitter. I quit after the first. I do have legitimate reasons why I do this, it’s not just some crazy Nancy thing. Though it kind of sounds like it. Here are my main reasons:
I like the excitement of a brand new story
I can’t get that when I’m just reading subsequent books in a series. I already know who these people are and all about their issues. I want new people! These got boring already. I feel like I’m wasting my time reading about the same thing when there are other books about BRAND NEW things that I haven’t read yet.
I forgot what happened
I think my memory’s pretty good, but after waiting a year for a sequel to come out I just tend to forget what the first book was about. I’ve started reading sequels without even knowing what had happened in the first. Sometimes I don’t even remember the main character’s name. Not good.
They don’t sound as good as the first
Most of the sequels just don’t sound good to me. One of the worst things that happens quite often in sequels is that the main character and the love interest are separated! WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN? I spend the whole first book rooting for them to get together, I fall in love with them, and then once the book ends I’m dying to read more about them. So… I get the second book and they won’t see each other until the very end? What is this crap??? No! Stop it. I hate this. This definitely discourages me from continuing on with a series (Main offenders: Through the Ever Night and Pandemonium)
Um… I think I ran out of reasons (for now), but I think I made my point!