In the book world, it’s all about the series right now. Maybe it always has been, but this thought gave way to the question: are the days of a stand alone novel gone? I know plenty of authors who write singles under the guise of series. Karen Marie Moning has the Highlander series. There’s Michele Bradsly’s Broken Heart Vampires and Gena Showlater’s Alien Huntress series just to name a few.
These are all great books, and I love that the worlds are not strictly told from one character’s POV, but I miss reading a good old stand alone, ya know? When I started reading solely for the pleasure of doing so (back in middle school), I started with L.J Smith’s Secret Circle. (Yes, the CW is making a show based on these YA novels as well.) From there, I discovered Christopher Pike who wrote both singles and series. Eventually, I got very involved in Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigie’s Wicked series.
I’m not going to lie and say I am not partial to series, but the rebel in me thinks it’s time for a change. Stand alones need to make a comeback. When I sit down to plot a story, I shouldn’t have that knee-jerk, how-can-I-make-this-a-series reaction. Readers shouldn’t expect things like: first in a series slowness, second bookitus, a deterioration and disgust point and the ‘this series should’ve ended forever ago; why is it still going’ confusion. But sometimes, if the series is good all the way through, we experience that lump of final book sadness and it is PRICELESS.
I don’t want to put the series out to pasture just yet, but as an author and avid reader I’d love to experience a market flooded full of stand alones.