Originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans, Smash & Kt took her original inspiration, and made it their own, expanding it to more than just books. Let’s get personal (but respectfully so) and learn more about one another! Each week, a different question will be posted along with a place to link up your posts and visit other people’s responses.This meme is definitely meant to bring out conversation and meet new people. So, Let's Talk!
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This week's question: What are your thoughts on series? How many books in a series is too many? What authors do you think handle longer series well, as opposed to ones who seem to stretch it out less successfully? (Thank you, Shirley/Creative Deeds! )
My Break Down:
What are your thoughts on series?
I love them. In fact I'm really not a fan of stand alone novels. While it is great to have everything tied up and not have any nasty cliffhangers to deal with at the end of a book, I still always find myself wanting more when I finish a stand alone novel.
How many books in a series is too many?
I think this really depends on the series. There are some series that I would like to go on forever, but there are also ones that I feel were dragged out far too long. I think it is all about staying true to the characters and ending things on a high note rather than just keep pumping out the books without any real new material. At that point it becomes almost a commercial operation, rather than a creative one. Anything to make a buck I guess. And yes I do get it, authors do this for a living and it is hard to let go of a series that is making them good money. But in all actuality, I would think the most successful authors are not one trick ponies, and their new ideas should be able to make them that needed income as well. Granted, I am not an author, and honestly I have crap for creativity, so I could be completely off base being able to switch gears. I'm just stating my view from a reader's stand point that it turns me off when a series become commercial rather than being about the storytelling. What authors do you think handle longer series well, as opposed to ones who seem to stretch it out less successfully?
I think I'll separate my answer into three categories of series that will have more than 6 books. Ones I think are handled really well, ones I'm mediocre about their length, and ones that I think have gone on too long. (Most recent released book in the series is pictured)
Perfect (Or too short):
Medium (Some could go either way depending on how future books, if any, turn out):
Too Long (Pretty self-explanatory ;) :
How about you guys? Do you agree or disagree with my choices?