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Thread: Do you follow an author or just the series?

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    Question Do you follow an author or just the series?

    A long time ago i was reading Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. I was asked if i was a Stephen King and i said i was not. A fan of Stephen King would finish The Dark Tower then go on to read his other books, Carrie, The Stand, Salem's Lot, From a Buick 8 etc. I never did, after i finished The Dark Tower i moved on to Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey Series and when i finished that i went on a reading hiatus for a few years.

    So you see what i mean? there is a difference between being a fan of the author and being a fan of a particular book/series.

    The first time i actually read an 'author' was with Isaac Asimov mostly because a lot of his work is actually tied together so in a way its like one very long series.

    What about you?
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    Depends. If I like a book or series, I'll almost always try another by the same author. But I won't stick with it out of sheer loyalty if it doesn't grab me. One of my favorite mystery/romantic suspense authors ever did a long-running series that I had to give up on because I just didn't care for it.
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    I'm more likely to try something new by an author I've enjoyed in the past (and less likely to try something new from one I haven't enjoyed), though I don't know that there are any authors I feel fanatically devoted to/can do no wrong. Some haven't disappointed me yet, others have.

    As for series, if I get invested in the world and characters, I sometimes read longer than I probably should. (Sort of like how I would sometimes watch a TV show past its shark jump, riding the memories of its glory days and hoping against hope they might return. Once in a blue moon, it would happen... usually not.)
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    As for series, if I get invested in the world and characters, I sometimes read longer than I probably should. (Sort of like how I would sometimes watch a TV show past its shark jump, riding the memories of its glory days and hoping against hope they might return. Once in a blue moon, it would happen... usually not.)
    That is well put.

    I have a tendency to not finish series, for a variety of reasons.

    1. The series becomes just too big and clunky (Wheel of Time, Dune)

    2. I can't get past the awful writing and plot twists (Wither, Ringworld)

    In the latter case, I rely on Wikipedia and Goodreads to tell me how everything ends up.

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