Do you read series or stand-alone novels?

Canada
April 16, 2007 6:53am CST
Do you generally read stories that begin and end in one book, or do you read series? It seems to be the trend in science fiction and fantasy to stretch a story out over several thousand-page books. I sometimes wonder if this is a sign that the author can't get their thoughts organized to wrap up a story in one book. Admittedly, it hasn't stopped me from reading a lengthy series, but it is just aggravating to wait for the next book to be published.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I read both stand-alone an series novels. I just love to read. I love all the Grisham books.I also like koontz,Cornwell,and Connelly. I like police dramas alot and mystery books. I'm not really into love stories though.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
20 Apr 07
I only remember reading two series. One was a sci-fi thing I picked up in a discount bookshop and took on holiday with me (the only time I manage to prolifically read), the other was *hangs head shamefully* Harry Potter. When the second or third one came out, I bought the first to see what the fuss was about and very much enjoyed it. I must say that none of the sequels have captured the imagination or contained the essence of that first book. Rowling is a sell-out.
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@sbksat (355)
• India
20 Apr 07
I've read only one series and that is Harry potter.. Stand-alone novels are much better as we get to know the end of the story in that very book itself....
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
As much as I may complain about having to wait I do. Sometimes a single book is good. But at the end it's done and there's no next one to move on to. Sometimes that sucks. If the characters are done well enough and the storyline doesn't start getting ridiculous there's nothing wrong with a series. Though sometimes characters do get overused. *cough*Drizzt*cough*
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• India
17 Apr 07
i generally read stnd alones as i can't wait for next one or at most i read a series of two not more
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@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
16 Apr 07
I like to read both kinds of books. If an author has a good story line I like when they go with it. But, I also think they should know when to draw the line. Another thing, I think each book should be able to stand alone so that your not left at a spot where you have to read the sequel or the prequel.
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• United States
16 Apr 07
I always wish that a good story would go on forever, so I like very long novels and series. I've read the entire Dune series, several times, and right now I'm making my way through Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. I like the Sharpe series because each one can stand alone, but they're also continuations of a period of history (the Napoleonic Wars), and of a person's life (Richard Sharpe). None of the series that I've read are because the author can't get organized, but because there's too much material to fit into just one book. And I usually read series that have been out for a while, so waiting for the next one isn't a problem.
@LouisJ (490)
• Turkey
16 Apr 07
yes it is aggravating to wait for the next book in a good series.that is why i read fanfiction also.i think that the author is trying to get as much detail as possible.
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