Post-book sadness

DeathtoStock_Medium4.jpgFirst off,  I just need to say sorry for not posting yesterday, I wasn’t feeling very well at all but after 21 and half hours sleep… I’m feeling a lot better!

So, post-book sadness. It’s actually a thing! What is it? I’m sure you have all experiences this.. you know when you finish a really good book, or series of books, and you feel a little lost and a bit sad? You no longer have to hide in the shadows, because it is a recognised feeling now-a-days.

If you don’t believe me… Urban Dictionary it. If you can’t be bothered to.. here’s the Urban Dictionary definition:

Post-Series Depression

Also known as PSD.

It is the sadness felt after reading or watching a really long series or story. The bitter feeling when you know the journey is over, but you don’t want it to end.

It is the longing for the words on the pages to move for you like they did the first time you read them. When you didn’t know what the next paragraph held and the world in which the characters found themselves was entirely without limit. Because any time you re-read the story, you know that they aren’t free to roam anywhere like they were before. They are stuck in a cart on a track and all you can hope for is to notice something about the scene you didn’t before, and to just try to relive those feelings you had the first time around.

But it will never be quite the same.

This can apply to any series; be it a book series, TV series, an anime, comic, or even movie. The effects can also be felt after completing a stand alone piece that is not necessarily part of a series, although this isn’t as common as PSD derives from the attachment one has to the story’s characters.

Effects include, but are not limited to:
• A state depression or sadness
• The inability to start another story
• The need to rewatch/reread
• Excessively projecting felt love towards the internet
• Creating fan fiction

So, fear not fellow book lovers, you no longer have to hide your post-book/series sadness! I have recently finished a book, Belle – Lesley Pearse, when I first started reading it, it was very intense and I wasn’t sure it was for me but I carried on and absolutely loved it, and when I finished I literally felt lost. But theeeen, I found out it has a carry-on novel by another author, so that cheered me up.
After giving ‘Post-book sadness’ a quick Google search, I found that this is a legitimate thing. Some people only experience it after fantasy books, happy endings, sad ending, trilogies or, like me, any book whatsoever. Someone even described it as the same feeling they get when they lose a friend!
There is a very easy solution to this sadness.. start another book/series! It is a vicious circle though, because once you’ve finished that book, you’ll feel sad again, so you’ll start another on and so on and so on..
Do you ever get this feeling? How do you deal with it?


  1. I’m in total agreement with you, in fact I’m suffering exactly that at present having just finished The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley (I believe you would enjoy it) Some books you just don’t want to end! X

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