I don’t know about you guys but I have a serious series problem. I continually start series but very rarely finish them. Can you blame me though? It seems like 75% of the MG/YA books out there are a part of a series. That got me to start thinking about why I stick with a series. Here are some of my reasons:
Readability. Series books are meant to leave you on a bit of a cliffhanger. They do that hoping you’ll stick around and read the next book. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Like every book out there, there are some books that you totally click with and need to read more. Other books leave you bored and searching for something more interesting to read.
Availability. I’m a bit more inclined to stick with a series if many/all of the books are already published. If I’m having to wait for the next installment, I tend to lose interest or just forget about the book. Who doesn’t like going to the library or book store and being able to grab a whole series (or a large chuck of a series) to read?
Length. The length of a series definitely influences my decision to continue with a series. I am getting a bit annoyed with the influx of trilogies in the YA world but a trilogy is a pretty manageable length for a series. Any longer my interest starts to get a bit shaky. I have to be really, really interested and invested in a series to want to read more than 3 books. Think about some of the longer series out there (Baby Sitter’s Club and Nancy Drew, I’m looking at you). How many people actually stick around for 100+ books? Not too many. (Those may not be the best examples though. They’re intended for a younger audience and I know younger kids tend to have a harder time reading if they aren’t invested in books they read.)
What are some of your reasons for continuing a series?