Monday, July 8, 2013

[Coffee Shop Talks] Series vs. Stand-alones!

I'm definitely a series fan! Isn't everyone?! ;-)
Less than 10% of the books that I've read have been stand-alones. 

More time for character growth and development. I really 
fall in love with the characters from my favorite series and I 
become very invested in the outcome of their stories.

Instead of always reading about different worlds, 
I can comfortably slip back into old favorites that I enjoy. 

There are villains I can really loathe because the longer they last, 
the more time and opportunity they have to stir up my emotions.

The relationships have time to progress without feeling rushed in to.

But there have also been several stand-alone novels that have really blown me away. They are from a variety of genres like sci-fi, dark young adult fiction, new adult romance, science fiction romance, & paranormal fantasy. But what they all have in common is that they're unique and memorable stories written by incredibly talented authors.

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timewantsaskeleton said...

While I think I mostly do read series... because if you like the characters and the author then it makes it easier to know you're picking something you like and you want to see what kind of trouble your imaginary friends get in to. But sometimes authors get too comfortable and leave plot holes lying around or stop character development all together. Some of my favorites (and all the classics) are stand-alones.
Can I say neither?? Can I go with trilogies?
Well, I guess that's a series. But there's a big difference between 3 books and 22 books.
PS- I want to read White Trash Zombies so bad.

Neyra said...

I love a good series too, but sometimes authors and readers, need to learn to let go. Having 10+ books for the characters to develop and get their HEA's is okay, having 10+ books where the plot has gone amiss, the characters are undeveloped, and there's cliches all around us just ridiculous! >.<

Sometimes I prefer standalone books if they are lengthy enough with a great spring cast and I don't feel like I rushed into the romance.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Yes, you can go with neither timewantsaskeleton! Equality for all books! LOL =)

I agree, Neyra! I think 5 or 6 is a good length for a series. But a selfish part of me wants Downside Ghosts and Charley Davidson to go on forever =)

Traci Horton said...

You connect at a much deeper level with series (the characters, the world, the story arc). You get so invested in them. But it's important to know when to say goodbye (even if it's better sweet). The series needs to end on a high note (like Jaye Wells Sabina Kane) and not drag it out where there quality suffers. But like you I want Downside Ghosts and Charley Davidson to go on forever...5th Grave tomorrow woohoo!!! oh and you'll have to stop by on Friday...I have a special guest post from Cookie :)

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

sshah605 said...

Well its a tough choice! I for one love both series as well as stand alone novels ! Like the Cassie Palmer series for one are awesome but the Sookie Stackhouse series as well as Pretty Little Liars dragged on a bit too long for my tastes ! Then there are fabulous stand alone novels like 'Ten Things we Did' or 'Amy and Roger's Epic Detour' and many more ! So I think its not the series or Stand alone novels but the concept of the book that should be argued about! Like if there is no need for another novel in a series why not stop there and move on to another interesting plot! And while there may be great stand alone novels there are also some totally bleh novels too! I guess I will leave it at that !

- Gayatri @ Notorious Writer

Beth W said...

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like every time I pick up a book now, it's trilogy. I haven't read a long series in a while, having gotten burned by authors who prefer collecting a paycheck and drawing things out to actually organically progressing a story. But most stand-alones that I read have a good grasp on the story and are resolved entirely in one book (usually, though, I want to see and experience more, even if I'm happy with the conclusion).

The latest stand-alone that I read and loved was "Warm Bodies", but I also enjoyed "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" (two very different beasts, those two, but both enjoyable, and both solitary).

Danielle Romero said...

LOVE Cat and Bones lol, I havent read any of ur stand alone picks but if you <3 them that much I may ned to give them a shot
xo Danielle

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I don't read nearly enough stand-alone books; in truth, I have a hard time even finding them! It seems everything's a series these days. I agree with you though about the benefits of reading a series. I do enjoy the lengthy character and world development. There's nothing like re-immersing myself into a fictional world after a long break and feeling like I'm coming home to friends.

Ning said...

Series!! I'm more of a PNR series person just because I love going back to an old world and meet new characters and catch up on older characters that's already had their happily ever after! But sometimes I do wish series would end and authors not just destroying my love for the characters by keeping going. If I love an author, I'd read a new series by them. They don't have to ruin the one they already have by dragging it on endlessly.

Antonietta Scrofani said...

Sea of Tranquility is sitting on my all the other books I need to read. I can't wait for the next nighthuntress novel and I'm even more excited for her new series coming out next year (I think) :) So I guess that means I like series more than standalones lol

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