With the abundance of series out there at the moment, I know people who very carefully cultivate their list of book series to stick with. I, however, tend to be less discriminating. Unless I absolutely hated the first book, I’ll continue to read a series, just because I started it and now I have to know how the full story goes.
I have nothing against standalones – often, a second (or third or fourth) book just isn’t needed. In fact, it drives me crazy when it’s totally obvious that the only reason a series is still going is to milk it for all its worth. (I’m looking at you, Wheel of Time! Which I’m still totally going to finish eventually, because of what I said above.)
In some cases, though, I actually prefer a series. Generally this happens when I read fantasy. Would it have been at all possible to tell the story contained in the A Song of Ice and Fire series in just one book? (Well, maybe if GRRM would cut out all the descriptions of food and sex…) Sometimes there are stories so epic in scope, they need the additional books to reach a satisfying conclusion.
What are your thoughts on book series?