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Hola everyone! Christmas is creeping upon us! I’ve only just starting buying presents -.- On another note, I am currently in a faze where I hate reading series. There’s not much of an explanation for why, I’m just not feeling it. So today I decided to talk about stand-alone novels, and series.
What I love about stand-alones is that once you finish them, there’s no dreaded cliffhanger and sequel to wait for. You can actually get a proper disclosure and ending. I mean, waiting for the next Rick Riordan pretty much kills me every damn day. Like COME OUT ALREADY. Or, why didn’t you just write the books then publish them all at once?! It makes life easier for everyone. But I get it, publicity blahblah. Stand-alones also tend to have a way better pacing because the author doesn’t need to spread a story across multiple books. I emphasise tend, because some stand-alones can be so draggy and slow. Furthermore, stand-alones have less random crap. The author is aware that they must get to the point or their book will be a monster size (a.k.a Les Miserables size). Therefore, less drama, no love triangle! But then there’s the likelihood of insta-love because the author suddenly believes that the must get the romance over and done with.
Duologies. Trilogies. Chronicles. Books with (a) sequel(s). The best thing about series is when you love the first book, and you find out that there’s more! Your favourite characters, relationships, worlds all back soon(ish…). I think series suit books that require a lot of world building because if it was a stand-alone, the construction of the world would feel rather rushed in some case. But, what saddens me most in series is when they have second book syndome or terrible, terrible endings. It. Sucks. So. Bad. A waste of time and ruined the enjoyment we had for the first book.
* Okay…the last book was a bit of a flop.
Series and stand-alones both have their goods and bads, but I think I prefer stand-alones much more.
So that’s me, what about you? Do you prefer stand-alones or series more?
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