i on Romance: Serials
Today I’m going to talk about Serials.
Personally, I like them, as long as they fit certain criteria.
Knowing ahead of time that they are a serial
The pricing is much lower than a self-contained book
The frequency with which they are released is consistent
They aren’t spaced out too long apart
and – the number of volumes will be a reasonable amount
I recently had two interesting and not so good experiences with serials that I enjoy reading.(Author’s note: I’m not going to call out these authors, but you’ll probably know who I’m talking about. Please respect
them – don’t call them out in the comment section. I enjoy both authors and only use them to illustrate my point)
I started a serial by an author I’ve always enjoyed. I’ve read serials penned by her before, and they fit all of my criteria, so I felt jumping back in wasn’t a risk. A year later, and it’s still running. I’m spending an inordinate amount of money on the story, and this issue was probably my last. I feel like the plot is getting very thin, and perhaps the author is just stringing it out to make a buck. I’m being unfair, because deep down I don’t think that’s true, but when things like that happen, it’s a logical thought to have.
The other disappointment I suffered was an abrupt and surprising jolt indeed. I read a serial by an author I enjoyed, but I had never read any kind of continued series written by her before. In fact, I’m not sure she ever took the leap into this area before either. I knew going into it that it was a short (five book) undertaking and it was going to come out quickly. What I hadn’t heard, was that it was going to be the first “season” of several. So now, with a HUGE cliffhanger, I “get” to wait several months before I get some sort of resolution – and even then it will only be a partial one, as the next part will also be pieced out.
Overall, I think of Serialized novels are somewhat like Soap Operas – which definitely have their place, as long as people that read them know what they’re getting into. If you want a bit of drama and to play a waiting game, it can really be fun. If you get surprised – maybe not so much.
So, do you have similar experiences? Do you avoid serials like the plague? Have you jumped in without realizing what you got yourself into?
Let us know in the comments!
Foot Note: This article is about Serials not Series’.
Serials are a series of volumes that make up one story. It’s usually longer than a normal book, but features the same two protagonists (Hero/heroine).