Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How Do You Like to Read Series?


Fantasy has been famous for series for a while. We’ve seen the eight book series, which sometimes stretch into more for high fantasy. But it’s only recently that we’ve seen the trend catch on in other genres. I’m wondering about your favorite kind of series.

There are the trilogies, which usually focus on the same characters and have an overarching plot.

There are the series, which have the same characters and an overarching plot that goes for more than four or five books.

There are also the series that are currently the trend in paranormal romance. You take a group of six people, and each gets a story. Personally, I love this kind of story. I love reading the first book and wondering who will get the second book! I love reading the characters and wondering what they will be like in their own book.

It’s not always as straightforward as taking six people and giving them each a story. Sometimes, it’s just giving favorite secondary characters their own story. I love this, also. I form an emotional attachment to side characters and then I immediately want to know when their book is coming out.

What is your favorite kind of series?

My other question is if you like to buy series from book one. Or if you like to wait until several come out to purchase them. As a reader, I used to wait until several came out so I didn’t have to wait. But now I realize there are at least four series that are up past the ninth book, and I dutifully wait for each one to release.

6 comments:

  1. I love reading series because when a new book comes out it's like hanging out with old friends... :)

    Lisa

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    1. So true, Lisa! I feel the same way. I love my book friends.

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  2. Hi, Kinley! I love series. I like the paranormals where most of the characters are introduced in the first book, and more show up as the series progresses. I usually end up picking up the series after the first couple of books are out. If I become addicted as I am with the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Final Prophesy, I reread the first books just before the next one comes out. I know, I'm crazy!

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    1. I'm the same way! A few series have really hooked me. Although I have several books to read by my favorite authors. It might be time for a reading break.

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  3. I'm a fantasy gal- so give me the multi-book run with the same characters anytime! I do like whole casts in my books though, that way it feels more well-rounded. Lisa Shearin has a great series that does that- book 6 comes out next month and each time I read one of her books it's like going home to some friends.

    I'll start when the series does if I find them soon enough!

    Marie Andreas

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    1. That sounds like a good series. I'll have to check it out. You're right, Marie. Part of the challenge is finding the books.

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