Parting of the ways

9 May

A few weeks ago, Maya Banks posted about what happens when authors’ and readers’ points of view diverge—also known as, when readers break up with authors.

This is by no means a novel topic. Readers have complained about authors changing the rules of the worlds they build *coughJRWardcough* or how every successive book is the same story and the same characters as the previous dozen *coughChristine Feehancough* or feeling betrayed when the author kills a main character, well into the series *coughKarinSlaughtercough*

Some readers stop reading authors because they feel preached at—an often cited example is Suzanne Brockmann and gay rights issues. Or, as is my case, increased emphasis on religion—I stopped reading Catherine Anderson for that reason. *shudder* After loving Annie’s Song and several other of her novels, the last one I tried reading (I think it was Sun Kissed?) ended up DNF and out the door.

Then there are those series that go on forever and ever and ever—how many of you are put off by the fact that the In Death novels now number 30 plus the short stories? New to the series readers may feel intimidated by the length, while others grow bored with the characters.

But there are other ways of parting ways with authors—sometimes only partially, sometimes absolutely.

For example: as much as I adore Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling novels, and despite having liked Angels’ Blood, I have no interest in reading the rest of her Hunter Guild series. I know she writes awesome characters and that her worldbuilding is careful, detailed and—most important to me—internally consistent across the novels. And yet, I find myself not interested in this series, at all.

An author I find myself parting ways with completely (at least for the time being) is Suzanne Brockmann. I love her Troubleshooters novels, and am one of the few readers who has no issues with either her views on politics or her human/gay right issues popping up in her characters’ own views. I simply adore those books and any quibbles I have, have nothing to do with either of these things. And yet, as much as I’ve loved Ms Brockmann’s writing for so many years, I have no interest whatsoever in her new series. None.

What are the authors and/or series you have parted ways with?

6 Responses to “Parting of the ways”


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