Do you prefer reading stand alone books or books in a series? If you like series, do you have a preference in the number of books in a given series? Do you prefer new main characters in each book of a series or a continuation/progression of storyline in a series?
Honestly I’m not a huge fan of long series books (here I mean 10+ books in the series). I don’t want to feel like I’m in a long term relationship with this series. The story just drags out forever and sometimes toward the end it gets to feeling like the books are just being churned out but they aren’t all that great. Companion series novels are alright because you can just pick up and leave wherever you want and you don’t miss out on a huge plot arc since each book in the series is more about that particular character’s story. But even there, I get burned out after a while. I prefer shorter series. Trilogies are best, and I’m a fan of duologies. I think a series shouldn’t be longer than about 5-7 books. That gives enough time to develop characters, really build an interesting world and create great plot lines, and then end the story before the readers get bored with everything. I do enjoy standalone books as well.
I prefer a good book. Plain and simple. If it is part of trilogy, that is okay, so long as it is good. I also like long series if the characters remain throughout. In other words, I am not a big fan of a long series where each book features a different main character. I like long series because of the unique perspective it allows me to have on the main character. After I have been through a long series, I feel like the main characters are MINE. They are my friends. I know them so well. Does that make sense? I like stand alone novels as well. I like that they take no more commitment than one book. I can commit to just one book. Committing to a series can be tough. I also will not read a series out of order or start with book 4 in a series or something. My OCD will not let me. I must start at the beginning. But the bottom line is, I enjoy a good book… or three…. or 10…. or….. What about you?