Sunday, 23 March 2014

The 5 stages of Waiting for a Book

The 5 stages of waiting for a book


The Kubler-Ross 5-stage model of grief appears to apply to waiting for books too...


Denial: This book will never get written.

Anger: This is taking forever!



Bargaining: If you could just email me the first draft I wouldn't let anyone know...



Depression: Oh God, I'm never going to get to read it.



Acceptance: Yes, it's out!



Which stage are you in?











17 comments:

  1. I only do the odd steps (go figure) so depending on the book in question I could be at any of the three stages.

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  2. Well, I've just started Prince of Thorns. I'm enjoying it thoroughly. I should have The Broken Empire finished before Prince of Fools comes out. So I'm not really in any of these stages yet. I'm sure I will when I'm waiting for the second in The Red Queen's War.

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  3. Been there, done that . . . still doing that.

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  4. I think the last one... it's the last few months of my final year at University and I have so much work to do.. the June release date is actually giving me something to aim for so I don't go insane! :)

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  5. For Prince of Fools, in none of those. I have soooo many books to read AND you told us to preorder it (so I'm reasonably certain it will come out when expected :D).

    It will be worse once it's out (How lucky I was that I only got around to broken empire a few weeks before Emperor of Thorns came out :D) and I'm waiting for the 2nd part ;) Though I just started Sandersons Words of Radiance yesterday (and only < 50% is left :/) I'm already in the Anger state.

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  6. I'm somewhere around the bargaining/depression stage I think...can't wait 'til it's released. I just want to get my hands on it already.

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  7. I'm still waiting for the german translation of Emperor of Thorns. Guess i'm in the depression stage for that one...

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  8. I'm in the bargaining stage by now.... I just want it, and trying not to remind myself of how long I have to wait! :-(
    Damn it, now I remembered again

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  9. Into acceptance. I can go about my daily business, but each time I see the author's (or book's) name on Twitter, I sob into my hankie.

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  10. Agitated acceptance... can't wait to make the order :D

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  11. Stage 6: I'm never starting an unfinished series again.

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  12. I think I've been through all these.

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  13. If we are talking about waiting for "The Liar's Key," then I would have to say I'm not in any of those stages. I'm in a stage of excited anticipation. If we are talking about waiting for "The Winds of Winter": as much as I want to read it, I've put myself into a stage of defensive avoidance. I don't think about it. But when it's officially announced, there will be no way for me to avoid it any longer — I will then pre-order it and immediately go into the same stage I am currently in with regard to "The Liar's Key." Not stressing out over something you can do nothing about, and joy in waiting for something you don't want to do without, are mental stages well worth cultivating: patient avoidance followed by being happily patient is one way to avoid being a depressed patient.

    Anyway, enjoying "The Liar's Key" should be a lock.

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  14. Missed a stage: The I can't possible read anything else until I finish this trilogy stage, surrounded by lots of epic unread novels ... I am at this stage now .. roll on the wheel!

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  15. Bargaining. Definitely bargaining. *wink wink nudge nudge*

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  16. My only stage is "patiently waiting, reading other things" with a side of "we all want this to be good, so take your time". None of that is passive aggressive, but having of a tasty glaze of sweet anticipation.

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  17. I ask myself,
    Has it been less than two years? (Ok, we're good.)
    Is the author dead? (Yep, still good.)
    Then let's go find another awesome author & read his stories.

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