What do you think of book series?
Plot Is Important
Some books are just meant to be part of a series, whereas other stories don’t have the potential or the need to.
Personally, I really like series. That’s mainly because I always wonder what will happen next and how the characters will change once a book is finished, or simply because I really like the characters and want to read more about them.
There are books out there that are amazing, but somehow they become part of a series and the characters go through one thing after the other and after a while it can become ‘too much’. These books and characters lose their credibility because they’re too far-stretched and just not interesting anymore. No matter how much I like the characters, when this happens with books in a series, I’ll give up on the series, no matter how sad that really is.
Sometimes it’s better to stop a story ‘at its best’. You have stories that get sequels because the first book became popular, but I think that it’s better to have one amazing book that will leave people talking about it, rather than creating a second, third and fourth adventure that isn’t nearly as good.
A good way to keep a series alive is to make each book a different story, told by a different person or at a different point in time. But maybe the most important part is: keep your readers entertained, interested and don’t give everything away in the first book. Make sure that by the end of a book the reader has at least a couple of questions that he/she would like to see get answered in the next book.