I’m pretty sure that I’ve talked about series books MANY MANY times on the blog. There are a lot of series books out there, it almost seems like everything has to be a series book these days. It’s not just paranormal romance reads, oh no! ANY book, it seems, can be turned into a series. But are there too many out there?
What makes a good series?
For me, I love a series where I can pick up ANY book in the series, read it, and feel content. I like books where there’s a new and exciting situation happening in each installment, with a clear beginning, middle, and end. I like to have a definite beginning and a definite resolution.
What makes a BAD series?
You know how people talk about the dreaded second book syndrome? That is what makes a bad series. Personally, a bad series is where the beginning is the first book and the resolution is the last book, with some filler in the middle. It’s terrible when you read a second book in a trilogy and it feels like a second book, like the middle of a stand-alone book. Not much happens to really engage the reader and the book just happens, rather than excites.
So why are there so many series books …
Honestly, I have NO idea why everything must be a series these days.
There are some authors that continue series books well past their prime, including spin-off after spin-off until the series is done until death, rather than ending on a high note. Then there are some series that are brilliant from start to finish, where each book brings something exciting to the series. They’re either related by a certain place or element, but with different characters or storylines in each book, OR we get to learn more of the characters as the book continues on — but the same thing still remains, the book can stand alone and has a definite beginning, middle, and end.
The series debate is something I think about often — especially when I’m adding a new book I just bought to my lists on Goodreads only to see it’s part of a series. There are so many series books out there these days that I’m usually more apt to buy something that ISN’T part of a series just so I can read that one book and be done.
There’s also the problem of a series being broken up between three really short books. Is this a YA thing? Do authors think that attention spans can’t handle a longer book? Or is it the publisher? Are publishers asking for more series books?
Either way, it is of my opinion that series books are kind of being done to death — especially in the YA category. I’d rather see an author branch out with each book, writing new things that excite me, rather than sticking with the same old, same old.
Do you think there are too many series books out there these days? Why do you think everything is becoming a series?