Series versus standalones.
That is the question.
I really enjoy reading bookish discussion post, so this is me, trying to go back to posting more of it. I have posted a few of these before on my old blog, which is now long gone. I’ll try and post one of these, probably twice a month. For this week, my topic is SERIES VERSUS STANDALONE.
I, personally, prefer standalone than series.
Let me tell you why.
I’m terrible with series. I’ll have to admit that right off the bat. I tend to read the first book in a series, but not the rest, even though, I am completely obsessed with the first book. My attention span just cannot accommodate reading about the same thing for a long time, hence, is also the reason why I tend to avoid long books.
To be fair, a series is not really a bad thing – at times, it is quite necessary. There are cases where a story needs to be told in multiple books in order for you to fully grasp its plot and characters. One good example for this is the Game of Thrones series. One book from this series would have about 600 something, or more, pages but is still not to contain the entire story George RR Martin wants to tell. Which is why, it extends to a series, that up to now is still on going because there is a lot more story to tell on this world.
In relation to this though, I often find it off-putting when an author forces their story to drag on into multiple books, when in fact, it could be solely confined to one or two books. This makes me so sad.
*cough*The Mortal Instruments*cough* (Don’t get me wrong, I love TMI and Cassie Clare, but I feel that TMI has been dragged on longer than it should. Jace and Clary’s story should have ended in book 3.)
I think I’ve now completely made my point about why I often dislike reading series. Let me tell you about why standalone works for me.
Standalones are stories told in an entirety of one book. This works for me just because of that reason. You don’t even have to get another book or wait for the next book to come out because the conclusion is already in the book you have. Not only that, but it also saves money. You don’t have to get other books to see how it ends. And the number one reason for me loving standalone books is that it introduces me to how I get to read more diverse and unique stories. It doesn’t limit me to one set of characters or story line. I get to read more stories, from different perspective, located an entirely unique setting, with diverse set of characters.
But of course, reading standalones also has its downsides. Unlike with regarding a series, you can get more stories out of a book that you like. That is not that case with standalones. Once the book is done, it’s done. Your only other source that can feed your hunger for more is reading fanfiction – if there is any that is.
Both series and standalones have their strengths and weaknesses. I just, personally, prefer reading standalones because of how I get into a reading slump if I force myself to read something that are the same. I call it my bookish-ADHD. I can’t stand reading a book which has the same set of characters, setting, and storyline, for a long time, even if I do enjoy them. But, that’s just me personally.