Series? Or Stand-alone books?
I have complicated feelings about this topic. This shouldn’t be very surprising.
Let me explain. I love books. This much is obvious, right? I like books in series and I like standalone titles, too. I’ve gone on at length about my love for the Sweet Valley High Series on here, and we all know that I maintain a blog devoted to recapping the books (yeah, I know, I’ve been slacking in my duties there). But lately, I’ve found myself frustrated by an increase in titles that are part of series or trilogies. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good trilogy now and then (hello, Hunger Games), but these days, I feel like nearly every YA book being published has a #1 after the title.
What is it with the multiple-book trend these days? Is it about making money? Do authors and publishers really think that all of these stories need to be told over multiple books? What happened to the craft of writing strong characters and a layered story over the course of only one book? Why do things need to be drawn out over 3, 4, 5 books?
Does this frustrate anyone else? I know I’m not completely alone: Jordyn at Ten Cent Notes did a great post on the rise of series and the decline of standalone titles last year. I encourage you to check it out.
What do you think? Am I way-off here, or am I on to something?