Lookie here – two discussions in one week! I’ve been feeling rather opinionated in the last few days. Maybe it has to do with the types of books I’m reading. Oh well!
Today’s SOMS will be regarding series of books vs. standalones. This is mostly spurred on by the fact that in this last week alone I’ve started *counts on fingers* Oh. Only three. Well if you count two weeks that’ll make it five total (with one being a continuation of the Mortal Instruments series. If you’re wondering, here they are:
- The Mortal Instruments (just finished City of Ashes)
- Cracked (Soul Eater #1)
- Freak of Nature (IFICS #1)
- Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) – and I’m betting by the time this post publishes I’ll have finished, if not come close to finishing, Siege and Storm (#2)
- What’s Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1)
And that’s just a scratch on the surface of the series I’ve either begun, or plan to begin. If we were to list them all, we’d be here forever.
But this post isn’t to complain about how I’m stuck in the middle of a million different stories and I don’t have the money to buy the books to finish them. Though I could do that, if you want.
Which leads me to the actual point of this post: how do you feel about series? Do you love immersing yourself completely in a single world for several books, or do you prefer to world-hop, going from one stand-alone to the next?
As for me, I’m conflicted. Seriously, deeply, tormented. In the very depths of my soul.
To use my most recent examples, I’ll start with the Grisha trilogy, the Soul Eater series, and The Hybrid Chronicles (neither of which I’ve reviewed yet). I’m completely sucked into both series, and in this case I’m thrilled that I can continue reading about these characters and all the lovely twists that come with them. I feel like there’s more to be told, and knowing how creative the first books were, I have a pretty good feeling that their sequels won’t turn to mush. Now, I may be proven wrong, but I’m willing to take that chance.
Now, as far as the IFICS series and The Mortal Instruments series, I’m a bit ambivalent right now. They could swing either way for me. Freak of Nature (check yesterday’s posts if you want to see my full thoughts) was good, but the insta-love could turn into overwhelmingly too much romance in the sequel. And with TMI, I’ve heard mixed reviews for the books following City of Glass. I’ve really enjoyed the first two, and I’m almost afraid to keep reading because I don’t want them ruined!
And then there are those series that should have just stayed single. It’s okay to be a nun sometimes – don’t let the world tell you different. The Program by Suzanne Young comes to mind. I know it’s only going to be a duo (at least I hope), but it really should have been a stand-alone. It was a great book, don’t get be wrong, but as I was nearing those last twenty five pages and realizing that it wasn’t going to resolve, I had that bitter taste in my mouth and a sinking feeling in my gut. Sometimes it’s okay to not be a trilogy, folks!
So this turned into far more of a rant that I expected, and even I don’t really know my point anymore. I’ll try to salvage this by saying my peace in *hopefully* one sentence: I love a series, especially when it’s with a good fantasy concept, but sometimes enough is enough. Let’s turn away from this series addiction, shall we? There is yet hope for the YA genre.
Maybe you can make some sense of my ranting, and throw in your own two cents. How do you feel about series? Do you prefer a series or a stand-alone? Does the genre affect your opinion (for me, if it’s contemporary fiction, I read exclusively stand-alones most of the time)?
Standing on my Soapbox is an at-least-once-a-week feature here on The Thousand Lives, usually posted on Thursdays, wherein I discuss whatever’s been on my mind, bookish or not.