Follow Friday (19) & TGIF (12): Breaking Up with Characters & Reading Slumps

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

At least at this time of morning, I can't really think of a character that I fell in love with only to end up hating them later for something they did. Normally when that happens, I feel like the author has done something out of character, which makes me dislike the book itself, not so much the character. I'm far more inclined to hate a character and then find them changing into something I love. That happened with Snow White in the Fables comics or Cassia in the Matched series. Strangely enough it also happened with Castiel from Supernatural and anyone who has visited a few times knows how I feel about him now.

Though I have a feeling that's going to change as I get through A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. Right now I'm only half way through A Clash of Kings and all my favorite characters are still my favorite. I just have this itching in the back of my head that at least one of them will turn evil or do something as stupid as everything Theon does.

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Greadsbooks.com, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?

I've found it most helpful to change media. If it's a book slump, I move to comics or vice versa. If neither are really working for me, I move on to magazines or blogs or short stories or anything else. Sometimes I even have to do a reading detox where I don't really read anything for entertainment and instead dive into a favorite television show or watch some favorite movies. Once I have all the grumpy "I hate everything!" out of my head, I go back to books, though usually a different type of genre than what I was reading when the slump began.

 

Quick weekly recap before I head to work:

- We hosted two stops on the book tour for BA Chepaitis' The Green Memory of Fear: My review and Ms. Chepaitis' guest post

- Random Tuesday was indeed random, featuring Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Harry Potter, summer movies and City of Lost Souls

- Monday's review was of the supremely weird and disconcerting John Dies at the End by David Wong