Friday, December 10, 2010
How to Say Goodbye?
This week was awesome because the final book in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, was published.
This week was horrible because the final book in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, was published.
Readers, do you understand this contradiction? I'm sure you do.
One of the best and worst things about books you truly love is knowing they'll come to an end. When the books are part of a series it seems to me that this anticipation, joy, and sorry are amplified because you're that much more invested in the story arc and its characters.
I loved Last Sacrifice - it was a fantastic conclusion to the series. But I woke up this morning feeling a little blue because I'd spent time in the last two days sneaking time to cuddle up with my book and devour it. While I have many other wonderful books to read in my house, there is something about waiting for a book you've been wanting and stealing that time to spend with it that makes the experience exceptional.
This isn't a sudden revelation - my husband woke up to find me sobbing in bed at 5 a.m. because I'd just finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
"What's wrong?" He asked.
"I finished the book!" I cried.
Despite my post-book blues, I wouldn't trade the wonder of that emotional journey with characters for anything. But I'm wondering - how do you cope with the end of favorite series?