I feel like I had never really heard of this happening before. I'm sure it definitely is something that happens but I must have just been oblivious to it but I've heard of two instances in the past month or two of series being cancelled or put on hold.
The first was Dearly Departed by Lia Habel. I own the two books that are published but have not read them.The author talked about it here and explains a bit about what happened.
The second one is The Archived by Victoria Schwab, a book I bought and got signed, which she talks about here on Tumblr. Her editor who was championing the series left, the sales didn't really merit a third book and the publisher was possibly not going to publish the third. Since she wrote this post, the book blogosphere has gone CRAZY and are raising up in support for this series. And, for a very short period of time, The Archived is only 99 cents!!
** I had a friend clarify something for me in this case: "The Archived is not being cancelled. They only ever bought 2 books and are not buying a third. Cancelled is technically when they buy 3 books and then decide not to publish books they bought." **
It's such a hard things for the author and for the fans and I'm even sure for the publishers and anyone who worked on the books. As a potential reader who owns BOTH of these, and knows nothing about them really, I feel stuck if I should start them. I already decided I was probably going to read The Archived by Victoria Schwab soon because I was really excited about that one when I bought it and apparently they don't end on cliffhangers. However, I don't know much about the Dearly Departed series and I feel like I don't really want to start a series that might not be resolved ever. (If you have read this one, please let me know!)
In the case of The Archived, I feel like reading and supporting this series soon will make the rest of the series happen but I'm not so sure, by reading the author of Dearly Departed's post, if that would make a difference until, rightly so, the author is ready to start working on it again.
I feel this same conflict with tv shows I find out are cancelled. Even if they are awesome, it's hard for me to want to read if they aren't resolved. I didn't know Veronica Mars, when I watched it years ago, had kind of just ENDED because the network cancelled it...but things were wrapped up enough that I felt OKAY but still obviously more because of how it ended/how amazing it was. And here we are all these years later with A VERONICA MARS MOVIE coming out soon because fans of the show championed the hell out of it!
So, readers, my question for you...is has this ever happened to you? What do you DO? Do you read the series anyways if you own it or don't? If you know anything about the Dearly, Departed series can you tell me if it ends on a cliffhanger? ALSO, as I said, I feel like even though I'm sure this happens a fair amount...what are some series that have been cancelled?