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Booking Through Thursday

If you read series, do you ever find a series “jumping the shark?” How do you feel about that?

And, do you keep reading anyway?

Now I have never thought of applying the ‘jumping the shark’ to books – I have always referred to television programmes with this term. I could probably list a great many that should have quite frankly stopped on a high!

However this is about books and I have only one that springs to mind and that is Rebecca Shaw’s – Village Series based in Turnham Malpas. There has been numerous books – 14 currently, 15th out next year. They are essentially good books, but have found the recent ones have been rather weak and turned into a mere factory output to satisfy a brand name. The first 6 probably were the strongest. It is a while since I have read any, and perhaps I might be mightily surprised if I pick one back up again…but then there is that fear of being disappointed.

A good question – why not have your say at Booking Through Thursday.

3 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday

  1. I haven’t heard about this series, but I feel exactly the same way about Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. And like you I could talk a lot about TV series jumping the shark!

  2. As I read your answer, it made me realize that it isn’t always the jump that frustrates me, but the complete fall into the formula that makes a series go bad for me.

  3. Yes – you’re right that series did go a bit off the boil – I liked her other series about the vet practice though.

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