So, I’ve recently formed a very bad habit. In the past two months or so, I have been unable to finish about 50% of the books I read. I’ll get about three quarters through the book, to just after the climax, and then I’ll get bored and won’t finish it. I’ve never had this problem before and I’m trying to figure out why it’s happening now.
This problem occurs mostly with the New Adult and Historical Romance genres and I have an inkling as to why it’s only these genres that this happens with. Typically, Fantasy books all have a similar outline but contain different characters, plots, and romance types. There are so many routes to Fantasy writing that while the overall premises may be similar, it’s harder to judge which direction the author is going in. With New Adult and Historical Romances, it’s really really hard for authors to come up with original material and most of it is just so damn predictable. Now, I’m not sure if this says more about me or more about Romance writers. Maybe my expectations are just way too high or maybe I’m more into the chase than anything, but it’s disappointing when the climax comes along and I have no desire to finish the story. Perhaps the characters aren’t engaging enough, or maybe the background story is dull. Or, it’s neither of those options and I just don’t care about the story for anything but the romance. And once the romance is solidified there’s no point to me finishing the story.
Over the next month or so of reading, I’m going to make it a point to record all the books I read and decipher exactly where and when I become bored with the stories. I’m hoping this may give me some insight to my little problem and perhaps some good thoughts and ideas will come from it.