Friday, May 8, 2009

You're The Expert: Series



A lot of my favorite tales came in the form of series. I'd get one installment and then count down the days until the next book appeared. I'd like to know your thoughts on series:
  • Do you read series?
  • Do you read them as they come out or after they are all released or a mixture?
  • Do you prefer series to standalone or vice versa?
  • Do you think that all authors can write series, or do you think it is a special talent?
  • Are you anxious waiting for the next book in a series?
  • Do you have a favorite series?
Please share with us in the comments section.

11 comments:

Kate said...

I read series. I prefer series. You develop a bond with the character/s. I read them when I see them or hear that they are good. I prefer series but I love some standalones. It takes talent to write a truly memorable standalone. I think it requires certain skill to write a series. I get really anxious when waiting for the next book in a series. Without a doubt, my favourite series ever is the Harry Potter series. I grew up reading Harry Potter. Although, I'm also a massive fan of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.

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Cinnamon said...

Oh yes - I LOVE series! Usually, with a stand alone novel, I get to the end and am like, "I want more!" Can't happen unless their is a series or spinoff. Usually, I pick up a series that already has a few books to it so that I can read them all together and kill the "give me more" craving. Some of my favorite books, however, were supposed to be a part of a series. The remaining books were never written. To this day I'm still waiting!

I'd say that I definitely prefer series books but I get great enjoyment out of standalones as well. Honestly, I don't think I've read that many standalones.

I believe that authors need to have a special talent to think up and write a series. You have to have the planning skill and the ability to give us enough for a book without giving us everything. Also, the authors that can create their series books in such a way that they could be standalone are uber special.

Prey could not find its way into my greedy little hands fast enough! Talk about anxious! I usually don't sit on pins and needles waiting for the next installment of a series (I have other books to occupy me), but man, I've heard so much great talk about this book! As for my favorite series - it changes daily. Today I've been thinking a lot about Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire books. LOVE them!

NotNessie said...

I prefer series. I enjoy getting to know the characters over time. I totally obsess when a new book is due out. My favorite is to find a series that is already completed and then read them all in one fell swoop. Check out my ramblings on this topic at: http://ultimatebookhound.blogspot.com/2009/05/slightly-off-topic-series-i-am-obsessed.html

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Jo said...

Do you read series?Most of the books I read are in a series. It seems fantasy books tend to be in series more often than not.

Do you read them as they come out or after they are all released or a mixture?Well, when I first started reading, I read my Dad's books, and he had all the books in all the series I read, so that was fine. But now... I can't wait. I read an author's book once it's out, and wait impatiently for the next. I can't wait for them all. It's just too long, especially if there is an unlimited amount of books in the series.

Do you prefer series to standalone or vice versa?I think I prefer series, but I'm cool reading stand alones. But I love how with series you get to read about characters you've already come to know and love, or hate as the case may be. It's like revisiting old friends.

Do you think that all authors can write series, or do you think it is a special talent?I'm not sure. When I read some series, like the Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, I am AMAZED at how the stories can continue, but have the same suspence and excitement in them that the first had, how the stories are always unique and unpredictable, even when you're five stories in. I think it's awesome. Can all authors do that? I don't know.

Are you anxious waiting for the next book in a series?Too many! I'm waiting for The Trouble with Demons by Lisa Shearin to arrive (it's already out), waiting for Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr to come out in the UK, and for Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost out sometime later this year. Then there are books already released that are in my TBR pile or wishlist, that I just haven't got round to yet. Too many books!

Do you have a favorite series?I will always hold the Belgariad series by David Eddings close to my heart, as it was the series that got me into reading, but all the books I've mentioned I'm waiting for are from fave series. Especially Lisa Shearin's Raine Benares.

I Heart Monster said...

I haven't read the Alex Rider books - I'll definitely have to check those out They look kinda fun!! I never read Harry Potter growing up, because my mom was weird about it, but as an adult, I LOVED it!!!

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I Heart Monster said...

Just curious which books were stopped in the middle of the series that are your favorites!! I haven't read Christopher Pike's books or the series that Prey is in either. I need to get crackin'!

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I Heart Monster said...

I have to say, Morganville Vamps are probably my favs. I really really like them. Oh, and btw, hubbie is in the middle of the Malloreon and loving it. Thanks again for all of the direction you gave me re: that series!!

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I Heart Monster said...

I agree that it's fun to see characters develop over a longer period of time. I think that is fun!

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Jo said...

Morganville Vampires are just amazing, I do love them! And you're welcome, I'm glad he's enjoying them! He should definitely try the Elenium series by Eddings afterwards. Also amazing, different story, fewer books though :)

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Cinnamon said...

I'll have to go look for the titles at home because I don't remember them
off the top of my head. I know one was Into the Land of Unicorns...and
would you look at that - there's more books in that series! I don't even
think I've checked in years. Sigh.

Guest said...

Do you read series?
YES!!!

Do you read them as they come out or after they are all released or a mixture?
A Mixture.

Do you prefer series to standalone or vice versa?
Series. I think when a series is getting stale it is time to end it. I also think some try to make a series when a standalone is more than enough. lol.

Do you think that all authors can write series, or do you think it is a special talent? It is a gifted talent.

Are you anxious waiting for the next book in a series?
I'm waiting w/ a puss on for some. lol

Do you have a favorite series? Yeah...