This week we are supposed to discuss book series that we wish had more books. I thought about this topic all month, trying desperately to come up with a list. But in the end, I have decided that I don’t really have an answer to this week’s Top 5 Wednesday prompt. However, since I still want to participate in this wonderful group despite my lack of a list, I figured we could have a little discussion about why I had so much trouble with this topic.
Lately, there has been a serious trend with book series growing larger than originally planned. Almost every series now has novellas that take place in between the books. There are trilogies that are suddenly changing into six book series. Entire books are rewritten and retold from a different characters point of view (I’m really not digging the trend of writing scenes or whole books from other perspectives lately – I just don’t get the appeal). It’s getting a little crazy, if you ask me. Take An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, for instance. This book was originally branded as a fantasy standalone – and it got rave reviews and made quite a commotion in the book community because well-written fantasy standalones are hard to come by. But alas, almost immediately after the release of this supposedly wonderful standalone book – ta da! – it is suddenly becoming a series.
Honestly, I really feel like these additional novellas and books are really just a money-making scheme. Publishers are taking advantage of the popularity of the books and pushing writers to expand and expand on the worlds they create. And we eat it up. I’m not bashing anyone by saying this – I fall victim to it as well. I don’t want to miss out on any part of the story, so I buy the novellas or the spin-off series or the book that is the same exact story, just told from another character’s point of view. And then I am always disappointed. These extra stories are never as good as the original series. I always feel like the author is grasping at straws, trying to come up with something to please the publishers.
So that is why I really don’t think I want more books in any series that I have read. I am perfectly content with the books that I have read and I am confident that they are what the author intended for their audience. The only exception to this would obviously be the Harry Potter series. I will always read any new stories that take place in that magical world. However, I am also completely content with the series as it is. If J.K. Rowling decides to never release anything else associated with Harry and his friends, I will be ok with that. I will continue to reread the series a million times over, and I will be perfectly happy with reliving the same story again and again.
Please don’t be upset if you don’t agree with me. This is just my opinion. And since I am a sucker for any and all books, I will continue to read series as they grow beyond their intended length. I am not against series getting more and more books added to them, but I never find those books as enjoyable as the original series that the author intended. I am happy with my series as they are, so I don’t wish that any book series had more books.
What do you think? Do you get tired of seeing books getting added on top of certain series? Are you content with your series or do you want more?
When you like your series just the way they are…..
…..blame it on the books.