Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Case of the Series-Induced Memory Loss

Thursday, May 23, 2013
I'm a sucker for trilogies and series (as long as they aren't excessively long, that is. Once you reach book 20, I feel you've gone too far, but back to the point...). The best case scenario is when I discover a series once all the books are out and I can tear right through them. However, since I started blogging, I tend to read books right when they come out, which means a long wait for the next book. Therein lies the problem. After months, or even worse, years of waiting, I'll excitedly pick up the sequel and prepare to be amazed and...

I won't remember *anything* that happened in the previous books.

Does anyone else have this problem? It really stinks, because it has prevented me from getting that feeling of fulfillment that comes with a series end since the whole time I'm trying to remember all the details. It would be awesome if every book had a summary of the previous novels in the front like the Alagaesia Cycle, but that is unfortunately not the case.

But there are SOME solutions.

1.
This is one of my FAVORITE resources. They have summaries of a ton of books. Plus, if they don't have a book listed, you can request it! Awesome, right?

2. Wikipedia
Wikipedia isn't always the best, but it sometimes has thorough (if poorly written) summaries. It's always worth taking a look!

3. Fan sites
This is hit or miss, as not all books have fan sites. But for books with big followings that tend to have wiki pages or the like, it's always good to check those out!

What resources do you have when you don't remember the events in previous books?

3 comments:

  1. This happened with me recently with the caster chronicles I find I can remember bits and pieces of books and the big cliff hanger endings but not little details like character X or so and so's mom did that. depending on the book its not that big a deal but sometimes its a pain in the butt

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  2. Recently, some bloggers I really like started the "Recaptains!" You might want to check them out oo :)

     Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  3. That series sisters site is great! Thanks! I'm always stumbling into this problem. My memory isn't good enough to keep up with the year long breaks.

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