Many readers love series. They like that the story continues over many books. They enjoy reading a book with characters they have grown to love. And finally, I have found many people like series because they know what they are going to get ahead of time. Trying a new author can mean that you will be disappointed; many readers like the guarentee that a series brings. It may not be the best book they ever read, but they know what to expect.
On the other hand, there are also readers who do NOT want series. Why? For these readers there are also many reasons. Some don't want to get addicted to one series with so much out there to read. Others simply do no enjoy revisiting the same characters over and over. Still others are overwhelmed by how many books are in a given series and are afraid if they start, they will never finish, so they just don't start.
As for me, I read a lot of first books in an series. This is so I get a sense of what readers can expect from the author and the series. Think about it from my perspective. I have to know about as many books as possible. If I read one Janet Evanovich out of the 16+ in the series, I can understand the basic appeals of the series and be able to suggest it to the appropriate reader, and still red 15 other books by 15 different authors. I look to reviews to see if a series changes in style and tone over time. If it does, I may need to read a later book in the series.
I also read only one book in a series quite often because I simply do not have time to read only series. Again, I need to read a range of books, so I do not have the luxury of reading the same series.
When I do read a series, it is usually for fun and escape. They make great vacation reads. Some of the series I try to keep up with are the Spellman Mysteries by Lisa Lutz, The Bookmobile Mysteries by Ian Sansom, the Vish Puri Mysteries by Tarquin Hall, and any series by Jasper Fforde. (All links are to times I have mentioned these books)
But what about you? For today's Monday discussion, how do you feel about series? What patron behavior in regards to series have you noticed? Do you read series or do you avoid them? Are there some series you are a junkie for? Or, are you baffled by those who live and die by their series reads?
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