This week’s Booking Through Thursday question was certainly relevant to me (I’m wondering if I’m the Jennifer who suggested it).
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?
I happen to be a big series fan. I enjoy the extended opportunity for character development, and how a story line may be revisited in later books. I read a number of mystery series by a number of different authors. Below is a short list of some that I can remember:
- Ann Perry
Robert B. Parker
At some point nearly all of the series that I’ve been reading take some sort of turn, either a change to more serious, characters make decisions that they’ve been putting off, or venues change. Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it seems completely out of the blue.
I have to admit, that I have felt like some have jumped the shark, but I rarely give up on the series. I did stop reading James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club, but it was partly due to lack of availability (I pretty much only read library books at the moment), rather than a conscious decision to stop reading. I tend to keep hope alive.