I’m the kind of girl who hates for a good story to end and nothing makes me more excited to come to the end of a book I have loved only to see there will be another in the series. So *EXCITED* I tell you!
A series is amazing because, for me, it means there’s great growth with the characters. You get to learn more about them and their past and sometimes their future! There’s the opportunity to expand on lesser characters or even bring in someone new to spice things up. That’s not something you always have the chance to do in one book.
To have more than one book allows the author to write these great spinning tales that can be intricate with twists and turns and surprises. I also like that most of them stick to trilogies. While I don’t mind more books (Hey, if it’s good, it’s good! I want it to go on!) I sometimes worry the authors are trying to stretch things out with pointless filler just to keep the series going. I don’t find that happens very often, but I have seen it on occasion. As much as I love the True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse books, I fear they may be headed that way. I loved the stories lines (definitely a guilty pleasure for me) but now I’m just not sure where it’s going to go and still stay fresh, know what I mean? I hope I’m wrong. Another problem when a series is too long is that something could happen to the author. When I say this, the Wheel of Time series immediately comes to mind. Robert Jordan died after writing eleven books of the series, leaving it unfinished. Thankfully it has been picked up and continued by another author, but that doesn’t always happen, just look at Stieg Larsson for example. We got a trilogy out of him, but he did have more books planned. Shame we won’t ever see them. These kinds of things could keep people from even picking up the first book for fear of getting involved and then never knowing what happens.
Companion novels are a love of mine as well. A companion novel is a book that may focus on a lesser character from a previous book or they may all take place in the same town (where the town itself is a character). Some great examples of companion novels are Anna and the French Kiss and its companion Lola and the Boy Next Door. While Lola focuses mainly on..well Lola, Anna and Etienne come back from the French Kiss to play a role, which I love. My other favorite companion novels? Maggie Stiefvater‘s Lament and Ballad. One book focuses on Dierdre (Dee) while the other focuses on her best friend James. I love the switch in perspective and I believe there’s even a third book in the series which will kind of take it out of the companion novel category for me, but I’m so excited to have another book that that doesn’t matter to me!
My present to you guys today, is a list of some of my favorite series for you to check out:
The Uglies : Scott Westerfeld
Gregor the Overlander : Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter : JK Rowlings
The October Daye Series: Seanan McGuire
The Studies and the Glass series : Maria V Snyder (The two end up overlapping, which I loved!)
The Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy: Guy Gavril Kay
The Wicked Lovely Series: Melissa Marr (this series is a bit different in that the odd numbered books are the main story where as the even numbered books are companion novels!)
I could keep going and going, but hopefully some of these will catch your eye and you’ll get hooked and want to read more series as well. The perk of most of the ones I’ve posted above is that they are finished series so you won’t have to wait for another book to come out! That always drives me crazy. Enjoy and please feel free to share some of your favorite series or companion novels!