And for this last Friday in April, Miss Ginger at GReads! has posed the following question:
Stand Alone vs. Series: What's Your Stance?
This is actually something I've never really given a lot of thought to. But now that I'm thinking about it, I do tend to read books that are a part of a larger series. Off the top of my head, I am currently in the midst of reading The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Curse Workers, the Angelfire series, and The Gallagher Girls books...there are probs more than that, but I've been watching the NFL Draft all night and my mind is NOT currently focused on books. Anyway! I think the reason I'm attracted to book series is because I really get to know the characters. I'm able to invest in them and their world, and I grow with the characters throughout the books. I can obsess about them and add the next book's release date to my Google calendar and get into discussions with other fans (or non-fans) about the books, too. There's something deliciously intoxicating about the buzz that surrounds series.
Some of my favorite books, both in general and thus far this year, are stand alone titles. There's something really nice about reading a book cover to cover and having that sense of finality that comes at the end. There's not an annoying cliffhanger or a huge amount of time you have to wait just to get the next book in the series. It's over and done with and you know how you felt about it and that is THAT.
In sum, it's not like I choose what to read based on whether or not it's part of a series. I'm the worst smackdowner ever.