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Comments for Weekly Geeks 2010-15-2010: Series
Series fiction is one of those sore spots for me. As a writer, I understand completely the desire to stay with characters until every last piece of their story is explored and told. For publishers I understand the desire to have a long term product. As a reader, they can be exasperating.
Series should NOT:
That's not to say I don't read series. Of course I do. Some of them I've been following for most of my life or all of my adult life. The ones that I still read aren't necessarily perfect in all books but follow my basic "shoulds" enough that I continue reading the series even if I don't like all the books in the series.
Series that work for me:
Series that I have abandoned:
Comment #1: Saturday, May, 1, 2010 at 21:16:57
I agree with you in part about series books. I think series books should mostly be able to stand on their own. And I do agree that they should be clearly labeled.
I do find cliff hanger endings annoying...if it's a current series...and I have to wait for more to be published. It can be very frustrating to have a non-ending. But with older series, I don't mind so much. It can be satisfying to read them all back to back because you've just got to know what happens next.
Comment #2: Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:15:11
I don't follow many series as they are coming out. I'm typically stumbling upon them long after they're the hot new series. All the books in the series might not be available. Cliffhangers in this situation weaken the individual books.
Comment #3: Sunday, May, 2, 2010 at 02:25:40
I think one of the huge problems if you are writing a series is how much back-story to include from one book to another. An author can get trapped into re-telling the main plot from each book in the next.
Comment #4: Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:21:22
I don't want or expect an entire summary of the previous books, but a dropped hint as to what happened is often very helpful.
Comment #5: Sunday, May, 2, 2010 at 02:46:15
I dont know why you call this a mini rant - I agree with so much..
I am surprised you didn't add - Know when to call it a day..
Because as much as I have a love/hate relationship with series - some definitely could have been tied up at after a trilogy or at the most 5 books..
I stop reading the Grafton series alot earlier than R - Kudos to you for making it that far..
I used to read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and when my boys do a summary it give me a little buzz to go and pick back up the books- but my interest have changed and I just read one or two and only revisit them after another year or three..
End on cliff hangers
Dont even get me started on cliffhangers - Why the hell do they do that...
Comment #6: Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:24:24
I called it a "mini-rant" because I kept my language civil and the post, short. I think the Amelia Peabody series has reached the "know when to call it a day" point. I only kept reading the Grafton series because my husband was reading them and the books were on hand. He has now given up on the series, so I'm off the hook.
Comment #7: Sunday, May, 2, 2010 at 06:30:09
I gave up on Amelia Peabody a long time ago. I found that her musings about her family, her super husband and Sethos were the same in every book. Btw, I sort of liked Ramses, even though he was a tiny bit too perfect, :-).
Comment #8: Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:31:36
I don't mind Amelia's musngs on her husband but everytime young Ramses opens his mouth I want to throw the book across the room. I agree re Sethos; he is very samey in every book.
Comment #9: Thursday, May, 6, 2010 at 21:18:04
Cliffhangers, ugh! I just finished a book with one this afternoon. No mention of a second book, but I'm assuming there is one. If not, it was the laziest, most abrupt ending ever. Then again, perhaps that's all a cliffhanger is anyway: a lazy way not to develop a conclusion and lure people into a second book. I often find myself walking away when that happens.
Comment #10: Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 12:55:11
Cliffhangers bug me most of all the things I listed.