Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. Today I’m back with another bookish discussion and sharing my point of view about book series and novellas. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
One of the biggest struggle of every bookworm out there, could be summed up in three words: TOO MANY BOOKS. With blogging, Goodreads and just basically, all the books being published every year, it is so, so hard to find what we want to read, what to read next. As if our bookworm lives weren’t hard enough as it is, there’s another problem added to this… BOOK SERIES.
They come in a pack, like the Friends gang, you need to get them all at once to fully understand and love their glory and amazingness. It’s both an incredible gift -because yay, MORE BOOKS to read, and who DOESN’T want that?-, and an enormous struggle -because this means, COMMITMENT. Whether you are afraid of bookish commitment, or not, you have no choice, these books come in a pack. When you’re starting something, usually you want to finish it, especially if it’s something you love – I mean, why would you want to give up?
Then there are the novellas. Unlike book series, they are not mandatory reads. They kind of fit in the category of side kicks, little stories that allow us to explore a character in more depth, understand where they come from…They speak up where the book series couldn’t, either because it was too busy focusing on one main character’s journey or just because it wasn’t relevant at the series. If there’s something novellas prove, it’s just how much thought the authors give to each and every single character – their background stories, their personality, everything.
It seems to be a trend, now and since a while ago: books come in pack, in series, and even when you might think you’re starting to read a lovely standalone, it ends up surprising you by being part of a series, a duology or basically, there is MORE. Whether it’s short stories or long stories.
But does every single book has to go on? Does a series always mean more greatness? Book series allow the reader and the writer to get so, so much more out of the world and the characters they create. They allow us to explore the world more, to have it well more developed, complex. They give us enough time to fall in love with the characters and get to know them as much as if they were REAL. But are they always necessary? Do we always need more books – or would the first book be enough, at times ? Case in point: sometimes, the first book ends up being a bit on the slower side of the spectrum, with the characters’ personality barely brushed, only to develop more into the second book and finally take the good pacing, rhythm and development we were already waiting for in the first book. Does this, at times, feels like a trick for us to make us go on with the series – or am I just reading into this too much?
If you ask me, book series and novellas are a trend, but they are not necessary every single time. With complex worlds and characters, it’s the best way to let us explore everything in details. When the intrigue is big enough and with interesting subplot to develop. Who can ever imagine Harry Potter being one single book? I can’t. On the other hand, sometimes it’s totally unnecessary for the books to go on as a series, or to go on for so many books…Perfect example at hand would be the Pretty Little Liars series which went on for 10 too many books, if you ask me. When there is no more character evolution, plot evolution and it gets repetitive, well…It’s just not worth going on, is it?