This week's topic is Series vs. Standalones! I think this is a really great topic idea because it's something that I feel like book bloggers and bookish people might not think about all that often, but probably will find they have a lot of opinions on. I love pushing people to realize things about opinions they didn't even know they had. That's part of the idea behind Thursday Thoughts! So, what do I think about Series vs. Standalones? Well, you are about to find out!
I'm going to start out by quickly defining "series" and "standalones" for the purposes of this post and to kind of clear things up a little bit. A standalone is any book that is independent. The Fault in our Stars or Fangirl would be standalones. To make things simpler, I'm considering companion novels to be standalones since they're still independent from one another even thought they take place within the same sort of world. An example of companion novels would be Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. Finally, series are obviously books that all connect to one another and take place in the same world. If you can't read a book without reading another book first in order to understand it, it's part of a series. Obviously, some series are The Hunger Games, The Lunar Chronicles, or The Chaos Walking Trilogy. Series can have anywhere from two or three (duology, trilogy) to ten+ books. The amount of books in a series, in theory, could be infinite.
|The Lunar Chronicles series is definitely my favorite book series right now.|
Obviously series were already a thing before the following books became popular, but I think the rise of series popularity can be majorly attributed to series like Harry Potter and Twilight. Now, that's not to say those series aren't good! I, as everyone does, LOVE the Harry Potter series.
Now, I know I'm only focusing on series in this little rant. It's true that there are millions of fantastic, popular standalones in the YA and general reading world. But, that's not to say that this whole series thing isn't still a problem. I love series and I love standalones, but I think a writer should write what they want/feel is appropriate. If you're an author reading this (I don't know why you would be reading this..) take my advice and consider all that I've said in this post before letting a publisher convince you to try and stretch your idea into a three part series. Do what feels right for you and the reader will be able to tell. If you write your book the way it wants to be written, that will totally shine through. Whether you're made to write a standalone or a series, make sure it keeps your integrity and dream of what it's meant to be. If you do that, everything will be fine.