The main page explains quite a bit about why her fanbase is broken, and my reasons for giving up the series are pretty close to those listed, but I'll try to cover some new ground here. I suppose Narcissus in Chains is a good place to say it Jumped The Shark, though I think it may have been a bit earlier. Obsidian Butterfly is still one of my favorites in the series, and—perhaps significantly—she doesn't have sex in that book. Here's where I differ from a lot of other reviews: I don't think Anita changed all that much. The world around Anita began to warp and distort bizarrely, and all the other characters began to behave completely OOC. Let me demonstrate in
lazy bullet format.
- An Action Girl—which is always fun.
- A bit too Straw Feminist; but she recognized that—and even tried to moderate it a bit—which made her realistically flawed.
- A Chaste Hero, who struggled to resist temptation—which made her sympathetic.
- The Pesci; short, short-tempered and snarky, but people called her on it all the time—so it was just kind of entertaining.
- Necromancy vanished. NO ZOMBIES for the Zombie Queen.
- The ardeur forced Anita to have sex all the time with every male character that every appeared in the series. The first love scene between Anita and JC evoked "Thank God! At last!" in the reader. Now it's just passe.
- Magic A Is Magic A disappeared. The rules of preternatural life change at the speed of plot.
- All the other female characters disappeared.
- PLOT disappeared. There is no longer any plot. Anita rarely gets out of bed, let alone slays anything.
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