What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Second Book Trap

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?

10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I think that that happens a lot. It's refreshing when a second book really rocks and is it's own part of the story, not just a filler book.

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    1. I know, it does seem to happen a lot. And the more trilogies we see, I'm afraid the more it will happen. I have to work hard to get into a third book when a second book has just fallen flat.

      Courtney

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  2. gr8 post . happy that has not happen to me yet

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  3. I agree...book 2 is often a bridge between books 1 and 3. That can be annoying. I like it when book 2 can hold its own, continue the story and suspense, and keep you wanting to read the third book.

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    1. Yep, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has experienced this phenomenon. I almost hate to point it out, but it is one of the most frustrating things to experience as a reader.

      Courtney

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  4. I know exactly what you mean. One that sticks out in my mind is Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick. I got sucked into the first book big time. Then I read Crescendo, and I couldn't stand all of the nonsense that filled that book. It put me off so bad that I've had no interest in reading the 3rd book.

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    1. Ooo, see I didn't get past the first book of that series, but I've run into it several times recently. And there are several book 2s coming out in the next few months that I am just hoping don't fall victim!

      Courtney

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  5. I agree with you! And love that u wrote this post! Lol

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    1. Haha, thanks. It's something that's been bothering me for a while, and wanted to see what my fellow readers thought!

      Courtney

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