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November 23, 2006



Very interesting post. By any chance were you thinking of Gilmore Girls when you wrote about "mind-blowingly terrible" TV shows? It's always had very devoted fans, but it's become unbelievably awful this year.

As far as books go, I'm most likely to stick with a disappointing author when it's someone I first discovered by surprise, so to speak. Michel Houellebecq is a good example. I read The Elementary Particles by sheer happenstance--it hadn't been on my radar at all--and was impessed by it. Now I always feel obliged to read his latest, no matter how bad it promises to be, because I can't shake the feeling that it might be a pleasant surprise.


As far as paranormal series goes there is Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. The fans complain constantly and agonizingly over how awful her writing has become, how, she needs an editor, brain surgery and so on. But they will be buying the new release in hardcover.

*shrugs* I don't get it.


I used to be a devout follower of the Pern books in my teens. I kept trying to follow them into my 20s before I finally gave up that hope and sense of fannish obligation.

I do sometimes return to TV series years after the glow of fannish glee has dimmed. "Star Trek: Voyager" broke my heart by season five but I tried to return to it in the last season. What a mistake!


I think, too, there's often a hope of redemption. It does sometimes happen -- e.g., Bond watchers start getting turned off by the Brosnan Bond, and then, bang, there's a new Bond and it's a whole new ballgame. I suspect that authors like Card and Stephen King benefit a lot from this sort of hopeful thinking.

There are still Xanth novels; from what I understand, #31 is supposed to come out in 2007. I started fading by Golem in the Gears (#9) and never made it past Heaven Cent #11. Part of the problem with the Xanth novels is that it was originally intended a trilogy -- then became a trilogy of trilogies (9 books) -- then became a trilogy of trilogy of trilogies (27 books) -- and didn't even stop there.


I'd say the Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" series would be a classic example, with the fandom hanging on long past when the majority of them have stopped claiming the series has merits worthy of their endurance. I know that's an accurate description of my feelings, anyway...

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