Feminist Reflections is a feature I created on my blog to share my personal thoughts.
Are series better or standalone novels?
Almost every other book is part of a series these days. I prefer standalone novels by a long run because :
1) I hate waiting for the next installment to come out. By the time it comes out, I might lose interest or never get around to it. It can be hard to remember the details as well. Cliffhangers usually hype me when I reach the ending, however, most of the time when the latest installment comes out - I might not feel as eager you know?
2) It's hard keeping up with series. I feel like it's just a marketing technique for most authors to make a lot of money. A lot of the times, I can't finish the series. I loved the first book in Divergent, but I lost interest after reading so many negative reviews on it for the next books from people I trust. The movie was cheesy too.
3) Sometimes continuing the series can kill it such as Nightshade and The Ghost and The Gosh or even The Hunger Games - I hated the endings. I don't like open endings in series at all, I waited for something great to happen in the end, and all I received was a STUPID ENDING. When the ending isn't usually good, it kind of ruins the whole series for me.. but there can be some exceptions. Another thing can be adding too many twists which destroyed Throne of Glass for me. Don't force feed twists just to keep the series going.
The top two reasons why I still like reading series.
1) Not saying goodbye to the characters for a while. This can be both a positive thing and negative. It depressed me when I had to say goodbye to Adrian from Bloodlines. There were two separate series with him, but it wasn't enough :( I WANT more, although, I know the author can't continue it anymore. I'm still glad I read tons of books on him and I could connect with his character. I liked Day from Legend as well.
2) It has a fantastic story that simply cannot be a stand alone novel such as Angelfall, and Vampire Academy. Usually in dystopian and paranormal settings, stand alone novels aren't usually it. Sometimes series work better, although most of the time for fantasy standalones work great.
Series I want to read
Still reading Series
(I only read the first 1-2 books)
Lost interest in these series
Do you prefer standalones or series? Have you read any of these before?
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