Thursday, May 22, 2014
Thoughtful Thursday - 5/22
I've been following Reading is Fun Again for a little while now and have been intrigued by her Thoughtful Thursday linkup. This week I decided to jump in and participate! Thinking about books and book related issues has never been anything I've had to do. I've always read and I've always read a lot but I've never had to read FOR anything. My time in college was mostly math and computer stuff so my lit classes were very few and far between. To be honest I didn't really care for them. An hour long discussion on the symbolism of a particular passage always drives my very literal left brain a bit nuts. So now I'm going to do Thoughtful Thursday to think about different book issues.
The question of the day is:
"Do you continue with a series even after the original author has stopped writing for it? (This could be for any sort of reason including death, the original author has lost interest in the series, or even that the publisher fires the author but continues using the original author's name.)"
My answer is most likely yes as long as the spirit of the characters and the stories are kept intact. My primary example of this actually isn't book related it's movie related. I'm a huge Anne of Green Gables fan and I've always loved the mini-series that was on Disney (was it Disney?) back in the late 80s. I actually own Anne of Green Gables and the 2nd movie as well and have watched both of them so many times I've lost count. The 2nd one in particular has very little relationship to any of the Anne books. There are completely made up characters, there are characters that have been completely cut, situations are dreamed up BUT the spirit of the book is still very much there. Anne is still Anne and her actions are still Anne-ish. The feel of the book is still there. And the ending - oh the ending... I feel the need to go rewatch it now.
Then I came across the 3rd one. I was in college and my brain was tired from finals or trying to make a program do something it didn't feel like doing and I came across a NEW Anne show. I was thrilled. Here was the perfect antidote to my tired studyworn brain. Until it came on. Suddenly Anne's in the middle of World War 1. But I shrugged it off. The time period's not right since Anne's children were the ones who were involved but the 2nd movie made some massive changes and I love it. Then Anne starts talking. It seems Anne is flirting with a doctor and she and Gilbert are estranged. That was the end of it for me. The whole flavor of the book was completely different and it made in unwatchable for me. Does that make sense?
If I'm reading a series and it's a cozy that suddenly gets a major makeover and suddenly it's dark and gritty or vice versa there's a chance I'm going to drop it because most likely what I liked about it in the first place is gone. It doesn't matter about the author it matters about the individual book.
Pamela makes some good points about feeling like cheating on the author which I don't disagree with especially if the reason the author is no longer writing is on the scandalous side. If it something like that it probably would affect my reading of those books and I'm now wanting to do a little research to see what's going on with some of my favorite series.
So what do you think? Are you loyal to the author or the tone of the books themselves? Are you in the know or oblivious to the author/publisher gossip like me?