Thursday, July 19, 2012
Booking Through Thursday: Series or Stand Alone?
And the funny thing is, I don't really have a firm answer one way or the other. I appreciate and love both types of books just about equally.
On the one hand, I love serial books because they keep the story going and I enjoy remaining in worlds and visiting with characters that I have come to know and love (and sometimes hate, haha). Of course, there are times when after a couple of books, a series might start to fall flat for me, and that is certainly disappointing in the few instances I've experienced it. And sometimes a series might just be one book too long. Naturally, when I hit the end of a favorite series, it is bittersweet, but I know that down the road I might immerse myself in the world again with a good re-reading. And there is a certain satisfaction with turning the final page in a series. I'll never forget the way I felt when the Harry Potter books ended -- so sad to leave Harry and Hogwarts, but truly satisfied with the way J. K. Rowling wrapped up her seven-book series. Hmm, just thinking about it makes me want to re-read them, if only I had the time to right now!
All of that said, sometimes it is just nice to read a book and know that all loose ends are resolved and the story is over. Maybe I don't have time to devote to a series or maybe I just want to be able to read a book and move on to something completely different.
So in summary, I really think there are merits to both kinds of books and I have favorites among them both, as well. I do seem to gravitate towards series, though I sometimes think that's because it seems like every author I read is writing these days. Even books that could stand alone are often part of a series that switches points of view to different characters within the same world/family/whatever. But I do love a good Georgette Heyer one-book read or a stand-alone mystery, as well!
How about you? Are you more decisive than I am with your preference?