The Second Book Trap is something that you've probably seen me say here on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books. What exactly is it? Well, since I read a lot of series, I have started to recognize some of the signs of this plight I call the Second Book Trap.
The way I see it, there are tons of great series out there. The first book really pulls you in, and the final book wraps it up in a nice bow and leaves you feeling satisfied and complete. The problems I usually find always come back to book #2 (or a proverbial book #2 if it is more than a trilogy).
Sometimes, Book 2 is treated as a transition from Book 1 to Book 3. I find that they will be missing the same elements that I loved about the first book. Less character development. Stale plot. Often there will be an introduction of a new character who is going to become a major player, and the book will focus more on this person than continue to develop the characters that we've gotten to know through the first book. Or the plot will have some action but it will bounce around so much that following the progression becomes difficult. Or, the worst is when nothing of interest happens at all. When the first book is so interesting, has lots of action, and evokes a lot of emotion from me as a reader, and then book 2 just falls flat because there is no emotional response that comes at all.
Am I the only one who finds that some book 2s are treated as such? What are y'all's thoughts on the Second Book Trap?