Hello! This week we’re excited to welcome Lara to Oh, the Books! Lara is newer to the blogosphere, having just launched her blog The Paperback Palace in November, but is not shy when it comes to writing great discussion posts. Don’t believe us? Check out her post on Post-Series Depression below! (Oh, and make sure to visit her blog and say hi to on Twitter. Newer bloggers always deserve a little extra love.)– Kelley & Asti
Six years ago, my life changed completely. I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read the last three words on the final page. “All was well.” But no, all was not well. In fact, everything was very far from well. I suddenly had a huge seven-book sized gap in my life that I had no idea how to fill.
That emptiness I was feeling has a name, it’s called Post-Series Depression (or PSD) and if it becomes severe, it can lead to more serious things such as long term reading slumps. Harry Potter isn’t the only series you would have experienced this with. Any series that you have invested a lot of time and emotion into could lead to PSD once it’s over. Luckily, as an avid reader, I have had enough experience with PSD to consider myself an expert on the matter and I have a few tips to help you overcome it before it gets any worse.
TOP TEN TIPS FOR OVERCOMING POST-SERIES DEPRESSION (PSD)
1. Read any companion books or novellas
When I reached the end of the Harry Potter series, this was the very first step for me. Simply use Goodreads to determine whether there are any other novellas or companion books that go with the series. The Harry Potter series has four (Thank you, J.K. Rowling): The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a (very short) prequel.
2. Other books by the author
Some series don’t have novellas, but don’t worry, there’s always the possibility that the author has written other books. Chances are, if you’ve loved a series by a particular author so much that you are experiencing PSD, then you are very likely to enjoy other books by them. Again, Goodreads will be the friend you turn to in order to find out whether the author has more books. J.K. Rowling is a kind author and she has written three more books (The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm – which are part of another series you can invest yourself in – and The Casual Vacancy).
3. Read fanfiction
Unfortunately some authors haven’t written anything other than the series you just finished, but that’s what fanfiction is for. The only problem is that there can be a lot of it, and it isn’t all good, but amongst all the not-so-great fanfiction there will be something for you. Just take your time and you will find what you want. A simple google search with the series name and fanfiction as your keywords is often a good place to start.
4. Write fanfiction
If you don’t like reading fanfiction or can’t find anything good then why not write your own? Explore all those what if’s that floated through your mind as you were reading the series. If you are the author of the story then you create the rules so get out a pen and start writing (I may have once written a story about Crookshanks being a female animagus who went to school with Sirius. They loved each other and that was why Crookshanks was so eager to help him in the third book).
5. Watch the movies (or the book trailers)
For all you lucky people who have just finished a series that actually has a movie adaptation, go watch it! And if you don’t, there are usually fan made book trailers on Youtube that will do at a pinch.
6. Take quizzes and play games
Quizzes are so much fun to do and they’re even better when they tell you which character you are (I got Delores Umbridge on this quiz…) or which Hogwarts house you’d be in (representing Hufflepuff!). There are so many sites dedicated to bookish quizzes and games that I’m sure you’ll be able to find something for any series (Pottermore is a great one for Harry Potter lovers, you can basically relive the entire series).
7. Stalk the author and any fan pages of the book
Find every single fan site dedicated to the series and read them all. Stalk the author; find their Twitter and their tumblr and their official website. You will discover new things and at the same time you will become a step closer to overcoming your PSD.
8. Find other books like it
Again it is Goodreads that comes to the rescue. Find the book that has caused your PSD and then on that page look to the right, there should be a small box titled “Readers Also Enjoyed”. This box will be your saviour, but it can also be your downfall. Don’t get too overwhelmed, or add them all to you TBR (To Be Read) list – that’s just creating a whole new problem – instead simply scroll through and pick one (or maybe two) that appeal to you and then find them and read them. People who enjoyed Harry Potter also enjoyed Inkspell by Cornelia Funke so if you are suffering PSD because of Harry Potter then why not give that a go.
9. Talk to someone
You aren’t alone. There are other people who will be experiencing (or have experienced) the exact same thing as you, so find those people and talk to them. It may be a friend or a fellow blogger, but either way there is someone out there who will pick apart the series with you.
10. Reread the entire series all over again.
Sometimes this just has to be done. Series finish for a reason and that reason is simple. The second you put down the last book, you can finally pick the first one up and start again. You may think it will be boring because you already know what’s going to happen, but no. You’re wrong. Every single time I reread a series (or even just a book) I will discover something new.