Thursday, 19 July 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursday and a different question is posted every week.  

Series or Stand-alone?

This is a tough question.  There are pros and cons of both.
I think that it depends heavily on the series or stand-alone.
Ordinarily I would say a series allows the author more time for character development and make them more endearing to the reader, in series such as Harry Potter for example.  But then The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a stand-alone and yet it has the most beautiful character development I have ever read and being a stand-alone isn't detrimental.
Also it depends on the genre.  For example YA paranormal/dystopian books are now almost always a series or trilogy, I find it hard to actually FIND a stand-alone.  The last one I bought being Wrecked by Anna Davies.  I think that it's hard to make a series out of contemporary subject matter.
Also the major thing about series it that they can become too long and drawn out, resulting in the later books becoming boring.  At least with a stand-alone you get that one time injection of those characters and plot line and the reading experience doesn't become tiresome or repetitive.
In conclusion though I'd have so say series, simply because it's what I read the most of.  In the YA genres I read most books are now a series- if most stand-alone were releases I'd read them.  But they aren't.  But really I read both, am happy with either, and it really comes down to the individual books.


  1. I also found that most YA/Paranormal is in series and since I don't like the genre that much because I don't want to be sucked into a series! Thanks for sharing! :)
    My BTT
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. Yeah I can't choose just one so Here's my BTT

  3. I rarely read a series, it has to be really good,\.