Welcome to Tell Me Something Tuesday. A weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Before we get to this week's post, I just wanted to thank you all for visiting my blog last week. If you missed my Sunday Post, we had a family emergency when Mateus got sick and struggled to breath. He ended up in the hospital for four days and three nights. He had some type of respiratory virus, possibly even the enterovirus. Thankfully, he is on the mend and we are getting back to normal. I am way behind but working to catch up!
This week's discussion:
If you the middle book in a trilogy suffers from middle book syndrome how likely are you to continue the series?
This week's discussion pairs well with last week's question where I discussed my all time favorite trilogies. I think many of us have discovered through trial and error that trilogies are tricky. Far too many trilogies start off with an amazing first book only to languish with a lackluster second book, which is referred to as middle book syndrome. This occurs when the middle book fails to live up to expectations. Whether it be a romance that flounders, a dreaded cliffhanger or little movement with the plot. There are many reasons why book earns that dreaded middle book syndrome label. When that second book fails to amaze you, are you likely to push ahead and finish the series or forget about it?
Luckily for me, I seem to have no problems with abandoning a series, even though I rarely quit reading a book once I have started, I can easily give up on a series if a book fails to meet my expectations. In fact, I have abandoned so many trilogies and series that I can no longer keep track. It is easier to name the series or trilogies I complete than to list the ones I start.
Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and I have learned that it isn't worth pushing through a series if I am not happy. Annoying love triangle? No thanks. Cliffhanger? Forget it. Same old same old? I want something original. Time to drop the trilogy and move on.
Now there have been occasions where I was a huge fan of the first book, but the second book was just okay, and in those instances, I will push ahead, but more often than not, it means when I get around to it, which could be months after the release. I can think of a number of trilogies where I want to read the final book, but still haven't gotten to it, mostly because the middle book didn't excite me, but I am still invested enough to continue.
So bottom line, in my opinion, the middle book syndrome is often a death toll for a series. I think far too many readers don't have time to invest in a series that isn't going to be impressive from beginning to end.
It is terrific when a trilogy passes the first and second book hurdle and is still amazing, but then you have the finale, and that is still a whole other conundrum, but that is a topic for another day.
So share your thoughts, is a middle book fail enough to put you off on a series or will you push through anyway?
Next week's question:
2014 has been a year of series conclusions. What were some of your favorite end books?