I think I'm in need of a short break from ebooks - or at least I may need to temporarily reduce even further the number of ebooks I read.
I know, I know, you are probably going, "Oh no, not another rant about how short stories suck!"
But you see, it just occurred to me that I have a hard time remembering the names of many of the authors of the ebooks I read. Okay, let's be blunt here: I find it hard to care to remember their names. I am also finding it harder to muster any interest when it comes to many new releases. I was most recently curious about the book with the hero having randy moving hair or something, but to be honest, I am not compelled to buy the book.
There isn't a single reason for my current doldrums where ebooks are concerned. I think it's a pile-on of many reasons that keep adding up in the recent months.
A big part of the reason is that I am currently overdosed when it comes to paranormals, erotic or not, hence my reviews of mostly historical romances nowadays since those are the books that I am reading. Because most ebooks are still offering paranormal stories, I find myself lacking the motivation to check them out. Oh I still do, mostly ones by authors I am already familiar with, just not as eagerly or enthusiastically as I used to a few months back. Give me time. I suspect that I'll be back in a month or two to reading paranormals more once I've overdosed on historical romances.
Also, I'm finding that the act of writing reviews of ebooks is getting repetitious on my side. There is a general problem, I feel, of authors who have interesting ideas but egads, they write all these short stories where these ideas never get developed into something more awesome. I'm not saying that these authors need to write an epic novel, mind you, since most of these short stories need probably just another 50 or 100 pages or so to get things fleshed out better. Is there some kind of cosmic rule that I am not aware of that these authors have to adhere to some kind of maximum word count?
There is a... I don't know, maybe some lack of awareness on the authors' part on how they have an awesome imagination that they keep failing to capitalize on because they always end their stories too soon and too prematurely. I suspect that I will be a big Yolanda Sfetsos fangirl, for example, if she doesn't stop frustrating me with her prematurely ending stories full of underdeveloped good ideas. And it gets really repetitious to keep saying these things in review after review, not to mention it's like being trapped in some kind of cycle where I keep getting disappointed again and again.
I'm also finding ebooks a little too formulaic for my liking. How's the ebook market? Is sales spiking up? Has it reached critical mass across the publishing houses? Who knows, but I personally feel that we need some kind of new ideas or new blood that aren't afraid to try something new, although I have no idea what this "new" thing could be. It's been, what, three years? We are still in the same old godawful "mate, alpha, soulmate, vampire, werewolf, alien" rut. Meanwhile, "mainstream" offerings seem to be patterned after the same kind of romantic suspense or historical romance that I can already find in dead tree offerings. I find myself wishing for some new author to get excited over. Chances are, though, nowadays I will most likely get a new author writing some short story that follows the "alpha mate/soulmate" formula and I end up finding her porn star name pseudonym more interesting than the story she is offering.
There are many more ebooks than dead tree books being published every month, that means there are more clutter to wade through to find a good story and more volatile Lori Foster-style author egos to deal with via email. The whole experience can be more fatiguing than I would like it to be.