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June 12: There are lots of different types of series. For example, there are series that are just one long story (e.g., The Lord of the Rings), there are series that follow a character on a set of different adventures (e.g., The Dresden Files and The Sookie Stackhouse novels), and there are series that are a collection of stand alone novels all within the same universe (e.g., Star Wars Universe). What is your favorite type of series?
I LOVE series! I adore finding characters and worlds worth following through multi-book adventures (and believe me it doesn’t happen often enough), and I’m typically not picky about what sort of series it turns out to be. Or rather, I wasn’t picky until I read the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (you can see a few of my reviews here, here, and here). Maybe it’s because Sanderson had a really great thing going with the first three books in the series – they’d fall into the “one long story” category – but the fourth shifted focus and suddenly, though Sanderson’s universe remained constant, Book 4 turned out to be a stand-alone novel, which I actively dislike.
I guess ultimately I’m just looking for consistency: if you’ve got a style that’s working for you, stick with it. I’m a binge-reader (and a binge-Netflixer, too), so if I’m going to form an addiction to a particular series, it’s got to be predictable enough not to annoy me. I’m a fan of LOTR, The Dresden Files, Sookie, AND Star Wars, so . . . I don’t care what sort of series I’m reading – I’ll find value in whichever venue you choose. . . . Just as long as you don’t do a 180 on me. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit, even when it comes to my entertainment preferences.
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