“Why I love…” is a meme hosted by Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic which takes place on Wednesdays. Today’s proclamation of love concerns whether we love book Series OR Stand-alone novels.
Ahhh…well, I’m the kid that when asked if she wanted chocolate or vanilla ice-cream would say “both”, lol. My policy on making choices has always been, why not go with AND instead of OR?
Yes, very mature of me, I know, I know…
The truth is I love both, by large. There are series that I love and there are stand-alones I wouldn’t go without.
I’m really impatient and extremely curious as a person, so if I really love a book and it’s from a series, I’m gonna have a really really hard time waiting for the next one for a year or so. I know, it’s the money-making tool of choice for basically all major series going on, and it helps their business to keep me holding my breath for one year so they can secure a buy from me when book #x is out. But there’s a downside to that as well; if I’m gonna wait for this for one year, you better make sure that book is gonna be drop-dead-gorgeous reading material when it is out, or else you’ll lose me as a reader so fast, you won’t know what hit you. All that anticipation better be ended with a masterly delivery, or it’s buh-bye and so long.
Let me give you an example here…let’s think about Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. I loved book 1, I totally did, with great enthusiasm, and I loved book 2 quite a lot too. I read them both when they were both out, and I waited for book #3 with enough anticipation; it didn’t deliver when it came out, and by the time I found out the trilogy will have 4 books (my math must have gotten SO rusty…) I just didn’t care to read a line more about those characters. This is the perfect example of how to do it wrong, if you ask me.
A good example that I’d have to give you is Gena Showlater’s Lords of the Underworld series, or one of my favorite series so far, Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels and J.R.Word’s Black Dagger Brotherhood – these are all series that I will most likely go on following forever if they would go on forever. Why? Because they’re series in the sense that with some general background and common aspects and characters, you get the message and a full story with each book. There’s no eye-popping cliffy at the end of each book, the action doesn’t feel diluted and stretched thin so we can make this a trilogy instead of one book, you know? So I love these kinds of series, where each book has enough action and entertainment going on to keep me interested. They do bank on my love of their style, but the policy isn’t as much to frustrate me as to please each time. As a seduction method, there are those that believe teasing is the greatest tool; it never worked with me, if you’re gonna advertise you’ve got something, you better be fast and memorable in delivering it to me, or I’m losing interest real real fast.
So in light of things mentioned above, it makes sense that I love stand-alones. They advertise and deliver the goods in the same book; it can be a huge book, it can come out in volumes (but not with a 6 months wait between them or I’m not buying it, sorry), but it’s a whole, not a hanging bit of something. I’m a slight OCD case so dangling a collection before my eyes and then make me wait a year for each new piece honestly rubs me the very, very wrong way, you know?
So, to sum it up, I love series that don’t capitalize on my anticipation but on delivering the yum with each and every book, and stand-alones.
How about you guys? Go over at Alexis’s place to enter the meme and share the love xD