Swimming in series?
Posted March 28, 2011on:
Even my most recent to be read book pile photo is stacked tall with anthologies (always a challenge for me) and series books, and “in my mailbox” and other tbr photos other bloggers are posting seem to appear that way too. The only stand alone in my stack is Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates. I’m currently working on my next Catching up with Classics book, and yup you guessed it, it’s the first book in a trilogy.
Of the few reviews I posted in March, 2 were of stand alones, 3 were of short story collections, and the rest were all series books. In February, it was about half series books and half stand alones. I’m sensing a pattern here!
On the main Macmillan/Tor Science Fiction Fantasy new releases page shows 10 new releases and 14 best sellers. Of the 24 titles shown, 19 appear to be part of series. The PYR forthcoming page shows 11 titles, and only one appears to be a stand alone.
Again, I have NOTHING AGAINST series! I’m just interested to know why it seems like I am swimming in them!
Are series the latest publishing trend? the publishers get a captive paying audience for multiple books, and authors get publishing deal for multiple novels?
Are authors simply no longer interested in telling a quick-ish 400 page self-contained story? Are we no longer interested in reading quick-ish self contained stories?
or has this always been the case and I’m only just now noticing?
How about you, do you prefer series or stand alones? Do you feel you’re having a hard time finding good stand alones to read? Do you feel inundated with series? Am I making a mountain out a mole hill?