I love when readers inspire blog posts. Truthfully, I need as much inspiration as I can get. This one came out of a comment on the post I wrote about Series and Trilogies back in September.
Oh, oh, oh, great post! It got me started on a subject I’ve been frowning on for a while now. Truth is, I’m no fan of series, trilogies, septalogies or any kind of neverending stories that only profit from the first book’s success, and generate money at the expense of authentic reader enjoyment. The only series I ever did was of two (short!) books. Sure, there are authors whose stories are bigger than just one book, but I prefer authors capable of moving on and creating something new, taking things to a new level. My writing mantra is easy – if it doesn’t grip me and keep me interested, it sure won’t anyone else. At a certain point it must get boring for the writer too, and I think that’s why many series/trilogies/septalogies/neverending stories end up flopping at one point. What do you guys think? You think series still have a future?
Originally I wasn’t going to post the entire comment, but I loved the energy of it so I did.
This is something I don’t know that I’ve confessed to on the blog, but I’m not a huge series reader either. Which is odd, because I represent quite a number of series. My reasonings are multi-fold. First, as a publishing professional I feel like there are so many authors I should be reading, and instead of reading the same author twice (or three or five times) I often move around so I can sample as many different styles of writing as possible. That being said, I’ve read quite a few books written by Sara Addison Allen, David Bell, and Elizabeth Hoyt. I also read the entire Hunger Games trilogy.
Secondly, I too find that I like to discover new characters and new worlds. For me, reading is an adventure and I want to explore something new as often as I can. For other readers though, reading can be a comfortable retreat. Somewhere to go to visit old friends and settle into that favorite place–a place that feels like a second home.
I think your writing mantra is very smart. All authors, like readers, need to find what works for them and if series don’t work for you, you aren’t a series writer. That being said, I don’t think series are going anywhere. Ever. Readers still love them, and publishers and agents really love them. There’s nothing better than an author with a successful series that I know I’ll be able to get consistent sales from.
Authors love them too. Some authors love writing a series. Like readers, they also love returning to those characters and that place and, for many, the cancellation of a series can be a difficult mourning period. Like saying goodbye to old friends.