Series End Sadness
Today I really want to talk about my feelings on the ends of series. There are quite a few book series/trilogies ending this year that I am bittersweet about: The Chemical Garden, Delirium, Unearthly, and The Goddess Test trilogies to name a few. Last year Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy and Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade trilogy also ended (lots of trilogies in YA!). Every time I read the final page of a really great series, I feel really sad inside. I get so depressed and unhappy that I won’t be seeing these characters again or going on more adventures with them. I want to cry at how cruel the world is and WHY does this have to happen?! Can they please just continue on forever? When I finally come to the conclusion that sadly, no, this won’t happen, I start to realize that even though it sucks when a great series/trilogy ends, it’s also a really good thing too.
First of all, the cliffhangers. Basically every single book in a series has one. They leave a snippet of information dangling that entices readers to buy the next book. They also kinda suck. No matter how many times I come to the conclusion that there will be a doozy of a cliffhanger at the end of a book, I still get frustrated. WHY? Why can’t I know the answer to the really freaking crazy bad/good/depressing/weird ending?! Can the book come out sooner? Please? But I need an answer! WHY MUST I BE DENIED? Die cliffhangers, die!!
Yep, my reactions are pretty dramatic but cliffhangers have a tendency to do that to you. Fellow book lovers will get me, right? I remember in Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden books, Fever ends with this CRAZY ending and I was all over the place! I seriously broke down and cried because I knew I wouldn’t know what was going to happen after that #90q3ureowa90ugraeojis ending for a whole year!
Cliffhangers, in a word, suck. But I also love them. It’s because of cliffhangers that I get excited for that next book in a series! When release day comes or if I happen to be lucky enough to get an ARC, I can’t wait to dive in and find out what happened! I get excited about the characters and the book again and fall even more in love. Which is kinda a problem when it happens to be the last book in a series and you’re falling deeply in love with something that’s going to end soon. It kills me to have to say goodbye to my friends in the book, because that is what they have become after so many books together.
So while I’m cheering at the fact that there are no more cliffhangers, I’m crying at the fact that there will also be no more new adventures with my favorite characters. And after lots of crying (loud sobbing and ugly tears) I finally begin to realize that it was the right time for the series to end. These characters can’t have super duper nail-biting, exciting adventures for the rest of their lives. They would probably die really young from that stress! Yikes! But also, stories would begin to get repetitive with the same formulaic relationship and story arcs that are bound to happen with a never-ending series. Not to name any names, but I’ve read a few adult books that have over 10 books going, and while the first couple of books may have been great, it starts to get old and boring.
While I know all of the above deep down inside, I will still go through the series withdrawal symptoms when I finish reading Sever, Requiem, The Goddess Inheritance, Boundless, and so many more. It is just bound to happen with a really, really, really, really fantastic series. Since so many of these series are ending this year, I think I may need a support group for “Series End Sadness”. Anyone want to start it? I can already feel the tears coming on!