Hi, my name is Natasha and I still faithfully read the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I’m not embarrassed to admit it.
Is it really that small a club? Or am I one of the few who has the balls to admit I continue to follow this series? I still giggle at the sex scenes that are truly the most over-the-top in fiction, or I skip past them because they make me feel dirty inside.
There are a few constants when it comes to my reading of the newest Anita Blake book; once a year, when people see that I am reading my copy of whatever the newest release in the series is, one of two things happens. They ask me a million questions about the sex or they feel the need to tell me why they quit reading the series.
Apparently I am supposed to care that they quit the series. I don’t. Sorry. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT a fan of the sex. In fact, I don’t usually read the sex scenes anymore; I skip them and move on.
I’m also aware that the series has changed; Anita’s a skank, there’s no substance, blah blah blah. I get it. I really truly do! But I didn’t ask anyone to judge me based on what I read. I don’t judge anyone for what they read, so what gives people the right to judge me? I’ve gotten a ton of “Why are you wasting your time reading that trash?”
Why? Because I can’t help it! I must know what is happening with Anita, just not the sexy times. It was one of the first series I read and I just can’t quit it. I know it’s been a bit of a train wreck, but I have invested so much time reading this series that I can’t—and won't—stop now. I love the interaction between some of the characters, but I cannot stand Jean Claude or Asher; I wish someone would stake them.
Funny enough, people usually ask me about the story. If you don’t like the series so much, why are you asking me for details? Either pretend it no longer exists, or buy the book for yourself. I know most of these people are closet Anita readers; I can’t possibly be the only one reading these books?!
Twenty books, people. I have read 20 Anita Blake novels and I refuse to go down! I’m a fighter, damnit. And think about it, 20 books at $30 a pop…I have invested at least $600.00 dollars at this point—damn straight I’m going to keep it up. I wish I could have gotten my money back on some of the books, but hey, that’s what happens when you invest in a series. You win some and you spectacularly lose some.
I truly believe this series should end very soon, or it should have ended a few books ago. I agree with some of you there, I do. Some of the books could have been novellas or a collection of short stories, some of them should have been edited correctly and some of them I wish I could burn the orgy images from my eyes. But alas, that’s the joy of this series. I cringe, I curse, and I move on.
But one thing will never change: summer will come around and people will continue to tell me their stories about how much they hate the series. And I’ll just listen and nod, then excuse myself so I can read my smut in peace.
My name is Natasha, and I won’t quit Anita Blake until the series ends. But I sure as hell won’t be buying the graphic novels. (And I did like Hit List; watch for a post here in a few days on it!)
Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.