I recently read the latest book in the Trials of Apollo series. I’ve been following the Percy Jackson (and various spin-off series) for eight years. Percy Jackson and the Olympians was one of the series that really got me into reading. I loved the characters, the story, and the humor. It was a magical world that enchanted me for years. Every time Rick Riordan came out with a new book, I would fall back in love with his story and writing.
However, it was different this time. I borrowed The Burning Maze: Trials of Apollo from the library and instead of finishing it over the next two days–it took me over a month to read to the end. I can blame it partially on the fact that my life is much more busy than it was eight years ago, but that was not all of it. Not three months ago, during the school-year, I stayed up till the early hours of two and three in the morning to finish Six of Crows and The Crooked Kingdom. Why was this time different?
It’s not that I dislike reading, I still love it and it remains one of my favorite passtimes. However, a quick tour through my blog will show my slow transition from Middle Grade, to Young Adult.
What is aging out of a series? It’s a hard question because aging out of a series doesn’t mean that you love the series less. You may even love it more because you are grateful for the late nights, laughs, smiles, and tears that the series brought you. You just don’t experience that anymore.
The best part of reading is when you forget about everything else and are completely, one hundred percent engrossed in the book’s world.
The world and characters are something that you can relate to. The humor is something that you understand and the characters are people that could easily be a part of your everyday life. Once you grow older, you become a different person and the people around you change. It becomes harder to relate to the old series you used to love because they belong to a different you.
That’s probably why younger people (and older too) tend to dislike classics. It’s not that classics are badly written or uninteresting, it’s simply that they are much harder to relate to because they belong to a different time.
Anyway, that got a lot more rambling and philosophical that I intended. Happy third week of June everyone! What are some series you used to love, but grew too old for?