Something that I have noticed which is becoming an increasing factor in my choice of which book to read next, is whether or not the book is a standalone or if it is part of an overall book series.
Now their are a few reason’s for this with I guess the biggest one being time commitment, if a book is part of series and that book series is already out then the likelihood is if I liked the book the first thing I am going to do after finishing the first is to immediately go on a scavenging hunt for the next. This of course means that overall it’s going to take at least twice as long before I am deciding which book to tackle next. (Or at least it does in my logic haha). So I thought a good way to tackle the issue was to do a good ol’ Pro and Con list.
- Less overall time spent on the book/less commitment.
- More variety, it’s a lot easier to skip between genres ect..
- Stories not left open-ended, once there done, there done.
- Ability to discover more authors.
- Sometimes they can be rushed as the author tries to squeeze all the plot into the one book.
- Having to say goodbye to characters after only the one book
- Potentially less character development (definitely not true for all books)
- More books in the same world, same characters.
- More development of characters as there is more time to get to know them.
- Having something to look forward too while you wait for the next book.
- If the books are already out it’s a great excuse to hide yourself in your book nook for the foreseeable future!
- Books you have been looking forward to not living up to expectations.
- Having a book end on a cliff hanger.
- Having to wait ridiculously long times for the next book to be released and loss of interest because of this. (I’m looking at your G.R.R Martin!)
Okay so in all honesty there are tons more reasons for both pro’s and con’s on both sides, these are just the first few that came to my mind, (I’m also sure as soon as I hit publish I will think of a ton more!) These reasons also don’t tackle companion books or books in a series that can work as standalone’s which just adds a whole other element. At the moment I think given the choice I would still probably go for a book series then a standalone, I do love being able to completely immerse myself in a world and know it’s somewhere I can return to and at least 80% of my favourite books are part of a series!
What are your thoughts on Standalone’s vs Book Series? Do you have a preference, is there reasons you would choose one over the other? Let me know! 🙂