Mar 31, 2014

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Question – What Do You Think of Serials?

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Last week, Anne reviewed Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox.  This is a book that was originally released one chapter at a time then, once all the chapters were revealed, bundled into a ‘complete book’.  Ilona Andrews did the same thing on her web site with Clean Sweep and other authors have done so too lately.  Is this a new trend we are seeing or is there actual demand for this sort of story?

Many of you commented on Anne’s review that you either liked or disliked the idea of serial books…and that got me wondering what the rest of you thought.

I like the idea but at the same time, I don’t lol.  I think the premise is interesting but for me personally, waiting in between chapters to read would drive me nuts.  I don’t even read chapters on an author’s website released prior to a book’s official release or the excerpts at the end of the book because a tease followed by waiting is not something I enjoy.

How about you?  What do you think of serials / books released chapter by chapter?

  1. Well, I’m a die-hard Ilona fan, so I turn into a rabid blog-stalker anytime she’s posting anything, but for anyone else . . . I think I’d wait until the serial was finished before starting to read it. That’s what I did with Seanan McGuire’s Indexing, and that’s probably what I’ll keep doing (unless it’s Ilona, of course 😉 ).

  2. Northwoman says:

    It’s interesting. I read a LOT of fan fiction about 5 years ago and it was all serial and I was reading every day stuff. Initially, I read a story, incomplete and it upset me. I went back later when it was complete and it was great. So I read only completed stories for awhile.

    Then I ran out of completed stories and started reading incomplete ones by favorite authors. The downside is one never knows when they will post an update or if they will ever actually finish the story.

    Now with so many books I want to read and I’m back to reading books and very little fanfiction, I much prefer completed stories. I waited to read the rest of Roman Holiday until it was complete. I sadly did not read Clean Sweep until it was finished. I have the first post of part 2 in my browser and haven’t found time to read it in the week or so since it posted. I do intend to read this as it posts, since I also am a “die hard” Ilona Andrews fan. I also read Truly by Ruthie Knox on Wattpad, but again I waited until it was complete. (And it’s awesome, totally 5 stars people and out September 1)

    So I don’t prefer serials, until they are complete.

  3. Not a fan! Though to be fair I am not a fan of novellas either. I need a sit/enjoy read or I feel unfulfilled!

  4. This is definitely a new concept for me…I think it would depend on how long I’d have to wait. If they were released once a week or once every two weeks, then I’d be fine with that. However, if they were released with months inbetween…I’d just wait until they were all released to finally pick them up. I’m with you, I don’t like reading the 1 chapter release teasers of some of my favorite series…I’m already anticipating the book enough, I don’t need the extra stress of wanting it out that much more. LOL. Not sure if I made a bit of sense, but I hope I got my point across. 😛

  5. I’m not really a fan of serials. I can’t stand the waiting between installments and they seem to be more expensive in that form. I read Clean Sweep because I’m a big Ilona Andrews fan, but have stayed away from other serials until they’re complete and bundled together into book form. And even then the only serials I’ve read are Beth Kery’s “Because You Are Mine” books.

  6. Jessica – I didn’t stalk Ilona’s site because I just didn’t have the time when Clean Sweep was being released chapter by chapter but I normally would have. She is my exception to most of my rules lol

    Northwoman – Agreed.

    Felicia – I find novellas hard too. Some are amazing and some are…not lol. You’re right in comparing serials and novellas. Both have the potential not to provide readers with a full story.

    Deanna – Made sense to me 😉

    Lizzie – It’s true that there are some authors that will gain our attention no matter what they put out. 🙂

  7. Yet another die-hard Ilona fan here, so I’m currently waiting with bated breath for Clean Sweep II and will follow along with it just like I did with the first one. Otherwise, however, forget it, I hate serials and refuse to read them until they are complete.

  8. I confess it’s not for me, I don’t like to read books in parts. Well I also have a problem because I forget really easily and it’s easier to have it at once. So instead I’m waiting for the full stories.

  9. I can’t do most serials anymore. I’m just burned out on them. And I’m tired of paying more then the person who’s smart enough to wait until the story gets released as a single title. The only exceptions I’ve made are for authors like Joey Hill and Kyra Davis, and even those are ones I’m trying to get as review copies. 🙂

  10. Jessica says:

    Hmm – I share your somewhat hot and cold feelings about this trend, Julie. 🙂 On one hand, I like that I can get stories from my favorite authors more regularly, without having to wait on the lengthy publishing process. On the other hand, this trend has the potential to be an annoying series of cliffhangers every mini-release, which would drive me nuts. Then there are quality concerns. I’m assuming these serials don’t go through as much editing, which could be frustrating.

    As of right now, I tend to avoid serials unless they are from authors I really love – like Ilona. But who is to say what the future holds? I might start reading more serials if more authors I really adore start writing them. I guess it’s a bit like watching a TV show you really love vs watching a movie. Both formats are legitimate ways of telling a story.

  11. Nope, not a fan at all. That is just tormenting myself as a reader. But I will read the completed book with pleasure.
    I also don’t read free chapters or excerpts.

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