Books

Commitment Issues

So, I started reading a wonderful series, Percy and the Olympians. I read the first book. Wonderful. I read the second book. Wonderful. I finished the second book and I didn’t want to continue.

Because I have commitment issues. Seriously.

It all started with the Ender’s Shadow series. I read it. I loved it. And then I got to the ending, and let’s just say it ended wrong and it made me hurt inside and cry for long periods of time.

So, ever since that time, I start a great many series, but I don’t finish them. When I do read series, I have to take them very, very slowly, or I freak out and I stop liking the books.

I am perfectly serious about this. That’s what makes it so funny. I have more complex relationships with books than I do people . . . But I will work through this.

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3 thoughts on “Commitment Issues

  1. *shrug* Actually I don’t think you missed much. I really like the series but they basically follow a certain road map:

    Percy has traumatic event that has him rushed to Camp Half Blood
    They find out what the problem is (or allude to it)
    Percy is either called on the quest or finds some way to FORCE himself upon the quest.
    They travel. There are challenges. They confront gods, are helped by gods, and talk about gods.
    They win.

    Just plop in the specific details and there you go!

    I’m not saying that’s bad, like I said I really like the series, but it’s not the most facinating thing. Great for young readers.

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  2. I will finish the series–for me, the books are just pleasure. And it is great for young readers–my almost twelve year old brother loves the books. But I love them too. So when Titan’s Curse comes out on paperback, I’ll probably get it. Or go to my library.

    And most all series in the world follow roadmaps, but that’s sort of the pleasure of the series. You get to see what’s unique and different in this book or that book and you really get into the character’s head. And usually, there is some sort of overarching plot that keeps progressing throughout the series and makes it interesting.

    I’m just thinking over a lot of series I’ve read–Harry Potter and Keys to the Kingdom most recently–and they do follow that basic outline for the plot, but usually the book is aware of that and it is still interesting.

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