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I read a lot of series and I start a lot of series each year, so I though it would make a great topic for a discussion post. I feel like there are a lot of different thoughts about series and I am curious to hear yours. Next week I will talk about continuing series, but this week is more my general opinion about series.
Series: love them or hate them?
I love series and I read a lot of them, I think I read more books that are part of a series than standalones. But I also don’t mind standalones and can enjoy them as much as series. It also isn’t like I read a book because it’s part of a series, but I just happen to read more books that are part of a series than not. Maybe that’s simply becaus emost authors write series nowadays or maybe the authors I usually read often write series? Either way I read mroe series than standalones and while I have a slight preference for series I also enjoy standalones.
I like standalones as you know what to expect, one book that wrap up the whole story. You read one book and if you enjoy it that’s good and if you don’t there is no deciding whether to read the next book or not because there isn’t anything more. Sometiems I like knowing that everything will be resolved in one book. I also like knowing that with a standalone there isn’t a whole lot of sequel that will be added to my to-read list after it. Although when I read a good book it doesn’t really matter if it’s a series or standalone, if I enjoyed it enough I will probably check out more books by that author. So even if I read a standalone it might still mean I add more book to my to-read list by the same author. If I really like an author their style I will read most of what they write as long as the book or topic appeals to me. With a standalone you know you won’t left hanging and have a long wait for the next book. On the other hand with a standlone it also means that book is everything you will read about those characaters and there won’t be mroe stories in that world or with those character. Which also can be a bad thign in my opinion. As sometimes I just want those longer stories, I want more and that’s were series come in.
Series can be a bit harder to start when you know there will be more books and it can feel like there’s a commitment to read the whole series. Although I have no problem stopping a series when I don’t care about it anymore, but if I enjoy a series I know I will want to read the rest of the series and that does adds a certain pressure or at least an amount of books to your to-read list. It can be hard to start a series soemtimes whne you know it has a lot of books out already.
What I like about a series is that the story is usually longer and complexer. Ofcourse this isn’t always the case, but it often feels like there are more layers and more depth to the plot as there are more books to tell the story. There are plots that are resolved in book 1, but also plot lines that last more than one book. I also like knowing that there will be more books. Whether it’s because of the story, the characters or the world, it can be nice knowing that there will be more books in a series and when you enjoyed the book it can be nice knowing it isn’t over after one book. Another thing I like about series is that there are more books to get to know the characters, story and world. there is more room for change and slow building developments. There can be foreshadowing that won’t come into play till books later. Not everything has to be resolved in one book and that’s okay because there will be more books and I feel like I sometimes cut a book some slack as I know I don’t have to get al the answers in one book. Series however can start great and then take a turn for the worse or the other way around. And even though the first book is good that’s still no garantee for the next book, but often I do make the assumption that if the first book was good I probably will enjoy the rest of the series as well.
So in general I can say that I like series, although I also read standalone books. I think I read more series though, although that isn’t a conscious decision. I think both series and standalones have their uses and I like them both for different reasons. Most often I don’t care whether a book is a standalone or a series, if it catches my interest I will read it and if it’s part of a series then the next decision is whether to continue the series or not.