A common occurrence in the bookish world is the use of the series. Often times the story is too long to write in single book without it being bigger than an encyclopedia. Besides, if the first book is a hit, the author might figure that the readers will enjoy more of the story (sometimes rightly so), and extend the series.
However, at some point we must ask: When is it enough? Are readers willing to invest YEARS reading these series?
Series that went beyond the trilogy and work:
- · Vampire Academy Richelle Mead (six books)
- · Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (seven books)
- · The Bridgerton series Julia Quinn (seven books)
Over the years I have lost track or interest (or frankly I lack the time) in some series that I started and invested a considerable amount of time in. One prime example is the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I read the first six books and something happened at the end of Tempted that pissed me off (pardon my language). I lost all interest in the series that is now on its 12th book. I am not saying that the series is bad, not at all, just not for me.
Another long series is Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires. I’ve read the first 8 books of the series (the grand total is 15 books) and I fully intend to finish it because it is a great series, in this case life, and many other books, got in the way.
At this moment I’m overwhelmed with all the series that I’ve started and might not finished and probably never will. I’m hesitant to start a new series because of my track record. I can handle a trilogy much better than the ones that keep going on and on (and on); especially when I sometimes read a book and I don’t know that it’s the first in a series until I finish it! Don’t ask me how I do it, but I always manage to get ‘tricked’ into doing exactly that.
How do you feel about series? Do you enjoy them all? Do you feel compelled to finish it after you start? Or do you quit while you’re ahead?