I LOVE series novels: Harry Potter, Fairytale Retellings series, House of Night, the Hunger Games, Percy Jackson… yeah, there are a lot out there.
I like series because they normally mean there’s going to be an epic plot, and that means lots of subplots (I love subplots). Perhaps there’s an underlying theme of romance, or all of the adventures lead up to one massive one in the final novel or there’s an underlying mystery and all of the ends are tied up in the final one… (Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?!)
Epic plots also mean epic characters and lots of them. A quick Google Search tells me that there are 772 characters in Harry Potter (I also got distracted for 20 minutes just now trying to name the top 200 (I got to 122)). LOADSA CHARACTERS! There’s probably not enough pages in a stand-alone novel for that many. Sure, you might lose track of them. But dude. Isn’t it pretty awesome?!
Of course series do have downsides. For example, it costs a lot to buy them all, or you might only buy one and then by the time you get the next in the series, you’ve forgotten what happened in the first one. It’s a struggle when you read books during the series too or two series at the same time; these can get a bit confusing!
Still, series are pretty awesome and take a lot of work to do, so kudos to any authors out there who have written a series of novels.
What’s your opinion on series novels? Do you love them, hate them? Read them often? I’d love to hear your thoughts!