How many of you like to have THE END at the end of every book you read?
How many of you like a book ending with a hook? Where the story begins and is continued in several following books, where then end of the story is in the last book of the series?
Some works in a series can stand alone—they can be read in any order, but if you’re like me, I want to read them in the order written. If I happen to pick up one in the middle, I’ll go find the others and then read them in the correct order. I have a friend who is anal about this. If an author has written several books in a series, she has to have them all before she reads the first one. LOL. And she’s gotten me doing the same thing.
Before I get ahead of myself, a stand alone book is basically one that gives the full story—a beginning and an end. Within each book, references are made to characters in the other books of the series, or to past events. Some books involve a family, a group of brothers, or a group of friends. Each book in the series is of one individual of that group.
Some series have one set of characters spread throughout several books. Their characters go through drastic changes, make references to past events spreading over a long period of time. The story begins in book one with a hook ending or the story is not completed. The next book follows the previous book with changes where books must be read in order to learn the complete story.
My own preference is for any book in a series to stand alone. Which basically means each book should be enjoyable in its own right with a beginning and an end. Satisfying or not, happy or not, the ending should be the end of a book.
Before ‘series’ became popular, I remember reading a few romance books that mentioned a familiar character, or was related to a character in another book. Since I enjoyed those, I thought it would be nice to introduce a few familiar characters in my own books. Each of my books have a beginning and a romantically satisfying end for my characters happily ever after. Nothing left hanging.
I must admit my pet peeve is when I become involved in a book only to find at the last page a hook ending or no ending. If I want to know the end of the story, I have to purchase the next book in the series to continue the story, and maybe even another. The end of the story is in the last book of the series? How many of you knew 50 Shades of Grey was spread over three books before you wanted to read them? Perfect example.
If I want to buy three books, I will gladly. But to be surprised at the end of my first book in order to read the ending I needed to purchase another book—very annoying. I feel cheated.
Although I must say I recently read a romance paced over three books that was fantastic. Hero and heroine met in book one, split, reunited in book two, split, happily ever after ending in book three. I became so attached to the characters and fell in love with the story and the author. Definitely worth the read. “Mr. Black-In the Shadows Series.”
I can’t express enough that when ‘series’ are involved, advertise if the book has a beginning or an end or if another purchase is required to continue the story—and how many!
Series? Love them. Personally—each book should be enjoyable and without the reader being forced into a possibly unwanted purchase. But, to each his/her own.