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!
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?
I decided to pick up the Let’s Talk discussion today because this is something I really like talking about!
It seems like nowadays, the majority of books I’m picking up are part of a series (hence, the Series Catch-Up Challenge… Oh come on, you know I couldn’t resist mentioning it!) and while I do LOVE series, I kind of miss the stand alones! I’ve found quite a few great ones that I think need a mention:
BUT I will admit that overall, I love series. I like being able to follow an epic story that spans over many books, get to know characters, grow up with characters, and see personalities change over time.
There are some series, I’ll never get sick of and then there are some that I wonder, how many books is too many? Sometimes the stories get tired as the series goes along and I tend to lose interest. So for the sake of time, I’ll throw a list out there of my favorite series that I could read forever (as if you didn’t already know!). I’ll also stick to calling a series four books or more because I feel like most trilogies are well thought out (usually) through three books so there’s always a definite end to a trilogy. A series I see as something that can keep going on and on if the author really wanted it to.
- Harry Potter (JK Rowling): – more, more, more! Always.
- Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich): So the stories tend to get a little old after so many books (I’m on 14), but even still, I love reading about Stephanie Plum. They may tend to revolve around the same story lines all the time, but I’ll read anything and everything Stephanie because they’re just plain fun.
- Heather Wells (Meg Cabot): Oh, I love Heather! These stories are so fun and light but with a good mystery at the same time AND a swoony romance.
- Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead): Okay, so this one I’m a little borderline on. While I’m always sucked in, I do feel like the later books (I’m on 5) are losing steam and are not keeping me as sucked in as I used to be. There’s always a shocking ending though so how can I not finish! I do still love em no matter what!
Then there are some series that I just felt lost steam. Some I’ve given up on, some I haven’t yet, but it’s gotten to the point where I think they should have been wrapped up and they just drag on now.
- Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire (Charlene Harris): I still love True Blood because it’s exciting and a mile a minute. I feel like the actual books have gotten slow and bogged down and the last one I read (which was only the 6th) didn’t really hold my attention very well.
- Hannah Swensen (Joanne Fluke): I loved this cozy mystery series at first – It was cute, it involved baking, and (dun dun dun) there was a love triangle. I finished eight books (I think? Seven? Eight?) and the love triangle that was introduced in the first book still hasn’t evolved one bit. I cheated and checked reviews for the last book that was published (maybe 12?) and STILL nothing has happened. I love the mysteries but this series totally lost steam with absolutely no development of the love story. I think it’s time to stop or else mix it up!!
I haven’t read a few other popular series like The Mortal Instruments (I’m only on book 1), Game of Thrones, Blue Bloods, Lemony Snicket, Outlander, etc so there are plenty out there I still need to catch up on!
What are your opinions? What series have you given up on? What series do you think the author should give up on? I’d love to hear your thoughts!