Every Thursday, Booking Through Thursday asks a book-ish question. This week, the question was:
Do You Prefer a Series or a Stand Alone Book?
Can I say, “both and/or neither”? It really depends on the book. In fact I really like trilogies. When a book is really engaging and well written then there is a sense of bonding to the characters. It can be a disappointment to have just a single book, especially if there are questions left unanswered. If The Maze Runner by James Dashner had stopped right at the end of the first book, it would have been incredibly disappointing. In fact, if an author ends with questions and has no intent to answer them, it really iritates me! (Luckily James Dashner continues on with 2 more novels to complete the trilogy plus a prequel, The Kill Order, coming out this year.)
When books go into a series, such as Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series or Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, they tend to grow tired. Just within these two series I am about 8-10 books in and I find myself less thrilled to continue onto the next book. Although I love the Stephanie Plum series, it’s only the writing that keeps me reading. However the storyline tends to be the same and I have heard from other fans that it gets worse (i.e. the love triangle continues.)
Stand alone books, when the author wraps it completely, is wonderful. However, if it leaves more questions than answers such as Watched by Sharde Richardson — it drives me craaaazy. Watched is actually part of a possible trilogy but it has been way too long since the first book came out that it’s practically a stand alone at this point.
So, for me, when it comes to a series or stand alone — I actually, very much, prefer a trilogy. I get too attached to the characters for a stand alone, yet tend to grow tired of long series.
So, what about you? Do you prefer a stand alone book or a series?