Friday, April 22, 2011
S: Series, Gotta Have Em
Harry Potter is YA's answer to fantasy lovers. I took my second son to at least six midnight release parties for those books. He was old enough to drive to the last one by himself but I went along anyway. Fantasy lovers can't wait for the next book in their beloved series to come out.
Romance readers also enjoy series but the stories are different. Usually, but not always, romance series are stories set in the same place or world but with different protagonists in each book. Often the couple in a second book is introduced as secondary characters in the previous book. Couples sometimes make guest appearances in new books in the series, fulfilling a reader's believe in the happily ever after of favorite characters and their relationships.
Readers pick up a second book in a series because they trust the author to create an engaging tale based on the content of the first book. The author has a responsibility to ramp up the intensity and preserve the integrity of the characters. The author and publisher also must deliver the series in a timely fashion. If the reader has to wait to long for the sequel, they can lose interest and find something else to read.
What is your favorite series? Have you read a series that disappointed after the first few books? How long have you waited for a sequel and how much time is too long?