Want to know what gives me hives? Reading a series out of order. I’ve gotten a little better over the years, though. It doesn’t bother me when it’s more of a companion series that you mostly find in romance. They tend to focus on different characters in each book, so it isn’t that big of a deal.
However, I draw a hard line when it comes to a series that follows the same main character(s) and continues an overall storyline. Urban Fantasy is a genre that is big on this, and it makes me want to pull my hair out just thinking about not reading a series in order.
I’m the type of person who needs to know what transpired with the characters from the beginning. I like basing my assessments on the whole picture and understand where everyone is coming from. I hate reading something knowing I’m missing pertinent information and connections. Drives. Me. Nuts! If I’m ever abducted and my captors want to torture me, this is the way to do it.
Listen, I’m not trying to tell people how to read, but holy crap it’s like nails on a chalkboard when I see someone read the 6th or 7th book in a series without reading the previous ones. How do you live with yourself?! 😀 It really does suck though, when someone does this and then proceeds to talk negatively about it because they don’t understand what’s going on or understand the characters. I mean really? You don’t say.
Anyway, it’s just one of those things.
Okay, give it to me. Tell me whether you can do this or not. It will probably be painful to see some of you say it’s fine, but I can handle it. I have lots of wine ready.