My favorite foods (in no particular order) are pork fried rice, Taco Bell’s Soft Taco Supreme, and strawberry cheesecake. But no matter how much I love eating those foods, I’m get sick of them eventually if I eat too much of them. It might take a week or maybe a month, but it’ll happen. My desire to keep liking those foods (and to not gain a hundred pounds) keeps me from eating just those things.
I didn’t have that kind of restraint when I dove head-first into the world of YA. Most of my teenage and college years were spent devouring horrors, mysteries, and romances. So I started reading YA as a twenty-something, and I took full advantage of my local library and the ability to order books online. Most of my Goodreads Challenges books for 2014 and 2015 were YA books.
Over time, I’ve found that YA books which should keep me on the edge of my seat are simply not working for me. The plots started to seem formulaic and thus became predictable. Plus the tropes really started to grate on my nerves (love triangles, ‘not like other girls’, slightly older/mature men, and becoming completely useless when a hot guy enters the picture *cough* Vampire Academy *cough*).
It’s taken me a while to realize that the same thing happened with romance novels. I used to devour them on a weekly basis, but I eventually got to the point where I couldn’t stand the formula. The girl and guy meet, fall in love, nearly destroy the relationship, and then have a happily ever after.Because I read so much of it, I found it harder and harder to forget where the plot points “should” happen and what “should” come next. Fewer books made me forget those things and that I was reading a story.
So now I only read romances every once in a while, and YA is making up less and less of my book-diet. There are still a handful of them on my shelves, waiting to be read. And I’ll get to them eventually. Plus I fully intend to pick up at least one or two YA’s this spring, whether at the bookstore or from the library.
I’m just going to pace myself–with books and food–in the future. Or at least try to.
Have you ever gotten burnt out from reading a particular genre or series? Do you still try to read it? Or do you avoid it now?