Tuesday, April 15, 2014 21:48

Mission impossible: Tackling series (update 2)

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It’s time for an update (thanks to Siiri for reminding me!) If you don’t know about this mission, you can read all the details in my Tackling series introduction and my first update. With this mission I'm trying to cut down the huge amount of series I'm reading.



These are the 12 series I decided to finish this year:
1. Gail Carriger - Parasol protectorate (Heartless & Timeless)
2. Rae Carson - The bitter kingdom (novella's optional)
3. Juliet Marillier - Seven waters (Flame of Seven Waters)
4. Jenni James - Fairy tale collection (Rumpelstilskin, Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk, Snow white, The frog prince & Twelve dancing princesses)
5. Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (The Grimm conclusion)
6. Dan Wells - Partials sequence (Ruins)
7.Marie Lu - Legend (Champion)
8. E.D Baker - The wide-awake princess (Unlocking the spell)
9. Mary Pearson - Jenna Fox chronicles (Fox Forever)
10. Lauren DeStefano - Wither (Fever)
11. Kendare Blake - Anna dressed in blood (Girl of nightmares)
12. Richelle Mead - Vampire academy (Shadow kiss, blood promise, spirit bound, the last sacrifice)

These are the series I already finished:
-Juliet Marillier - Seven waters (Flame of Seven Waters)
-Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (The Grimm conclusion)
-Dan Wells - Partials sequence (Ruins)
-Julie Kagawa – The forever song (Blood of Eden).
-Veronica Roth - Allegiant (Divergent)

The only problem is that, according to my statics, I started 14 new series. 4 of them are DNF series though and there is one series I can finish because it’s already completely published: Kristin Cashore – Graceling Realm.

Looking at all these series and the different lengths, I wonder what is your favorite amount of books in a series? Do you prefer the new trend of duologies, the always existing trilogies or do you prefer more books? For me, it really depends on the story and the characters. Sometimes I have a feeling a story can't be told in just two or three books. A perfect example is Harry Potter: it wouldn't have been the same without those 7 books. Sometimes I have a feeling authors are spreading too little plot and story in too many books. I think that's why the second-book-syndrome exists. It's only there to make it a trilogy, but it has no value for the story-line. Sometimes I've grown too attached to characters and I don't want to let them go - or I hate them and I can't wait for it to be all over. So, it's hard for me to pick a favorite amount of books. I just want it to be right for the story.

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

51 comments:

  1. Personally I think YA authors need to get off the freaking trilogy bandwagon. It is not necessary. Duologies are much more preferred. OR they could take a lesson from some adult series fiction authors and write books that have a complete story/arc in ONE book so that the reader is left satisfied instead of stifled with anticipation.

    I'm actually picking up more and more adult books these days because I've become tired of seeing so many repeated things in YA books. I still love and enjoy the genre - I'm just going to start being super picky this year about which ones I read =)

    I think 2 or 4 books are good for a short series and 7 or 10 for a longer one. The trilogy makes it too easy for authors to split one big book into 3 parts and yes, way too much filler and not enough sustenance.

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    1. I agree! Sometimes it feels like YA authors think you need to write 3 books or it doesn't count.. but you have to write the amount of books that is needed for the story, not because almost everyone writes trilogies.

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  2. LOVE that you're trying to finish series! I really really really need to do that too.

    For me it's all about the right story and how many books it needs. Like you said, HP needed 7. (Okay maybe not the 5th book but we can overlook that whole mess). My biggest peeve is when something is split into a trilogy that could have easily been a stand alone or duology. Know the story, tell the story, don't drag it out to make it a certain length, you know?

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    1. Haha, so funny, a lot of people are hating on book 5 and that is actually my favorite HP book :p

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  3. I'm trying to finish off my series also this year so far I have been reading more standalones than series books, but I have managed to continue to move forward with my series.

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  4. I agree with you. Although I prefer trilogies, the real answer for me is it depends because like you said, some books can't just fit in one book. I just hate it when a book is dragged on...that makes me lose interest and will result in a DNF series. Hopefully you tackle all of it! I'm sure you can. :-)

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  5. Good luck, Mel! <3 I have trouble with series too, and I realize that I've started a gazillion of series yet only finishing a few of them. Truth be told, I'm also starting to get tired of those trilogies. It's not like I HAVE time to finish them, and waiting sucks. Sometimes I start a series I hate, but I end up continuing the series even though it irritates me greatly because I'm way too curious of how the story would end ><

    Not sure how many books are ideal but I agree with you, it depends on the story itself. Personally, I prefer the rare standalones. At least if I love the book, I don't have to worry that the next installment might be disappointing for me.

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    1. Haha, yes. Sometimes I have those 'meeeh' series and I do finish them, just to finish them..

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  6. Ooh, finishing series is something I am terrible at. I swear I have to have six or seven series-ending books sitting on my shelves, just waiting to be read, and somehow I never pick them up. But good for you for tackling it! You're making pretty good progress too. :D

    I really think series length is a case-by-case thing. Some series I can't fathom being shorter but others really stretch to make three books. I'm also much better at finishing duologies, for whatever reason (less commitment?) Three books is actually a really good length for a commitment, I think, but the world and story have to be big enough to suit it. We'd all be less tired of trilogies if more of them actually needed three books to tell the story.

    Good luck on finishing your challenge! :D

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    1. Yes, I just really want to finish the series I can finish. There are a lot on going series, so at least I can try tackle the published ones :)

      I like duologies, because you skip those dreaded middle parts where nothing really happens.

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  7. That's awesome that you're trying to finish so many series this year! I feel like I'm really behind on a bunch. I still have to read Champion as well, but I just haven't been able to get into it. Rae Carson's series sounds amazing, too, and I've heard great things about it. I'm doing a series challenge this year, and I'm thinking of adding that trilogy on to my list for it. Good luck, Mel! :)

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    1. You should, I'm in love with that series :)

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  8. Honestly... I have been trying to avoid series for a while now. I am trying to find more stand alones to read. I just think I am getting into way too many series and like you it's hard to keep track of them without a list. Good luck on finishing your series challenge!!

    Angie

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    1. The problem is, most of the things I like to read aren't stand-alones. I have a feeling most stand-alones are contemporary books and I'd rather read genres like fantasy :p

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  9. I'll end up being unable to finish series, I think. I start so many, but I don't finish them. I should maybe. I prefer stand-alones, because then I don't have to pick up the next book in the series. It's way cheaper and I'll end up being too lazy to start the second book. That's probably just me though. 2-4 books are good for a smaller series. I haven't read a series that was longer than that ever though. Not finished it.

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    1. Stand-alones can be great sometimes and it's definitely cheaper, haha.

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  10. I agree; for me it depends on the story and characters as well; if I want more books or not :) And ohh. You need to read all the books by Kristin Cashore! Hoping you will love them all. <3 Happy reading sweetie :) (I also have tons of series that I need to make myself finish.. hmm. One day. Probably.)

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  11. It really depends for me as well. If there's plenty of story to tell then there's nothing better for me than discovering a new series knowing there will be a lot of books and chances to spend time in that world. But if they're just spinning it out just for the money or attention or some other reason - like the Mortal Instruments series after book 3, then I'm so not interested!

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    1. Haha, those series need to stop.. It's starting to get out of control! I was really done with MI after book 3.

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  12. For me, if the plots can be tackled in just a book or two, that would do just fine. Having a lot of books in a series makes me feel obligated to read them all, and that's a shame because I discontinue a lot of series. Sometimes, that's okay because the books are just bad. But other times, I don't continue them because there are a lot of books and I want some variety. If I don't binge read a series, it will take me forever to finish them.

    But there are some series that I just don't want to end and I want to see more and more of them! Like Rick Riordan's books--it saddens me that the final book in his Heroes of Olympus series will come out and I won't get any more of that world.

    Basically, it really depends on the story and my attachment to the characters. I need to finish the Graceling books as well! Good luck with these, Mel!

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    1. I love those series that always makes you hungry for more :D It's great to get sucked into a certain story!

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  13. These all look like great series! Jenni James' Fairytale collection sounds particularly interesting and I'll have to check that out. How are you liking the Legend series so far? It's one of my favorite dystopias and I was pleased with how Champion turned out.

    Good luck with this challenge and happy reading!

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    1. I loved Legend, felt mweh about about the second and I'm now stuck in Champion. I don't think I'm in the mood for it now!

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  14. You’ve finished so many already. Good job, Mel! I’ve only finished two so far. I so want to finish Marie Lu’s series. Amber and I discussed a little on twitter yesterday about series. I love standalones, but I also prefer trilogies to duologies. Even if they work (like If I Stay and Where She Went), they still feel incomplete somehow :/ But there are stories that work so well in a huge series just as you said, HP wouldn’t be the same without those 7 books.

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. We're so used to trilogies, when there are 'only' two books it can feel like you're missing another part.

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  15. I really like the duologies, although I don't think I have a favorite series yet that is one - but if I have to go for a series, knowing there's only one more to read is motivating. But I agree that sometimes long series are fantastic - Harry Potter is a great example! I really love the Sword of Truth fantasy series as well. You get so much depth with a long series and it feels like you really know and grew with the characters.

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    1. So you recommend that series? I've seen it several times on Goodreads and it sounds great, but it's quite the commitment!

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  16. Well done on getting through so many on your list! I'm a bit like you when in comes to number of books - it really depends on the series. Sometimes 2 books feels too little, and sometimes a trilogy feels too drawn out

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  17. I'm actually kinda annoyed when a YA author follow the hype of the trilogy, and overstrecthing their story in the process. I mean, if it can be finished in one or two books, then do so. I personally prefer a standalone, actually. It actually has a more interesting concept and all, but I don't know, amybe it's just me feeling that way :)

    Anyway, I love Lauren DeStefano's The Chemical Garden Series, and Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy from your list! Good luck tackling it! :)

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

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    1. Interesting, I think I will talk about stand-alones and series next time! It seems I have more followers who prefer stand-alones.

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  18. I love that you've got a plan and goal in mind for the series you want to finish this year. I should do that too because it's crazy how many series I've got on the go currently - I need a gameplan! As for series lengths, it's like you say: it really depends on the characters, world and plot complexity. I do feel like too many series these days are drawn out for wayyy too long though.

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    1. I always find it motivating to know what I'm working towards, so I hope a gameplan might help you too!

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  19. I really hope you can get through all the series. I really need to start tackling all the unfinished series that I'm halfway through as well. I actually quite like the new duology craze. But of course, it has to be good! What I've been loving even more is a standalone that packs a punch. Short little standalone contemporaries have been my thing lately. <3

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  20. Wow there are so many series you have to finish! Although I have no doubt that I have just as many, but simply haven't put them into a list. I have heaps of series I want to finish because I have awful series memory. But then that would probably involve reading and the task would blow out. :O
    Anyway, for your question. I don't think I have a favourite number of books in a series. I do like the new duology trend, simply because it means there is less waiting time for the series to end, and I get that little bit more than standalones. I don't mind trilogies, but I admit they can become a bit tedious. And I am definitely with you on the fact that most of the time it depends on my feelings for a series. If I truly love the characters and stories, it will not matter how many books there are because I will never tire of them. But if I am not so keen and the calibre of the books decrease as the series goes on ... I will not be a fan.

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    1. There are so many more series I need to finish.. but you got to start somewhere right :D Yes, duologies can be perfect. A little longer than a stand-alone, but still not spread out too much like a trilogy. I wish some authors used this method, because I have a feeling they only write a trilogy because it's standard.

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  21. Hmm, I really suck at finishing series. There's quite a lot that I can think of off the top of my head that are unfinished series. Also quite a handful that are unfinished because the sequels aren't out yet. This reminds me that I need to read Legend and Wither--both are on my shelves.

    Lovely post, Mel! <33

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  22. Funny, I recently created shelves on GR names trilogy/series-in-progress, and completed trilogy/series. According to them I have completed 15 trilogies, 6 duologies, and 11 series'. 6 series and 18 trilogies are pending.

    I prefer trilogies/duologies. But, more than 2/3 books is ok providing that the story actually needs more books and not just for money milking reasons. I've found that series I've enjoyed but have had a ridiculous amount of books get progressively more boring and that to me is sad. :(

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    1. I like how detailed you are! I haven't thought about categories, that's fun :)

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  23. Melanie you are definitely doing a better job than I am at completing series, I am too scared to look at my books on GR. But since I've read your post and Siiri's post, I actually do feel more encouraged in finishing some of my series off. And I completely understand what you're saying about authors dragging out book series, sometimes a book can be completed in two books, instead of being dragged out, but with some three books work out really well. Good luck with completing the rest of your series Melanie!

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    1. I'm trying! It takes some time and work, but I think it really motivates me when I see a list of things I can cross off :D

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  24. I'm with you - it all depends on the book on whether I think it's the right amount or too much. HP was the perfect - although I wouldn't mind a prequel series featuring the other characters ;)

    I should really see if I can join this challenge too.. I can't even say how many series I'm into right now.. although I think I have more books that are series that I HAVEN'T started but WANT to - but because they ARE series I've not really been keen on getting into them as much because it feels like an obligation sometimes.

    I felt like the Vampire Academy was a great set of books - can't wait for you to read all of those. I've only read the first two books in the spin off series and so far I've loved both of them, looking forward to reading Fiery Heart soon though!

    Great job on your goals!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

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    1. Well, HP is never enough of course ;) haha. Oh, I started making a list of series I wanted to finish a while ago, but it made me depressed, haha. There are so many things I want to read.

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  25. I'm with you - it depends on the book and whether I love the characters or enjoy the plot. For example: The Mortal Instruments started out as a trilogy, but now that the story arc has progressed into a second part (almost like 2 trilogies in one whole series, really), I'm very pleased with the book outcomes. While the 3rd book's ending was happy, I feel that the darker turn of the books is much more enjoyable. There's more action and SERIOUS things happening.

    Anyway, I'm not a big fan of authors who purposely stretch a duology into a trilogy. I don't think it's necessary, and it often leads to the second book because strongly disliked by the majority because it tends to be there for absolutely no reason. I quite like standalones and duologies, although trilogies are often enjoyable too. And I think, if they're well-done and make complete sense, longer series are great as well.

    Great job on your goals! Hopefully you finish your series by the end of the year. :P You have some pretty good ones on your list.

    Sydney @ Utterly Bookish

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    1. Interesting. I was done with MI after the 3rd book. I felt the story was completed for me, but it's good to hear you like the changes to write a longer series in the end.

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  26. Good progress Mel! I don't even track what series I have left to finish or what I've given up on. I figure if I like the series well enough I'll know to read the next book.

    Lately I have been fond of duologies but only because I feel like too many stories are stretched over three books unnecessarily. But really I don't mind how many books it takes to tell a story. I've read series with up to 14 books (A Wheel of Time) so its not so much quantity as it is quality I am concerned about!

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    1. Series with more books can be great if the story is well-written! If there is a strong plot with a good cast, I think you can write endless books :)

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  27. I have so many series I want to finish AND binge this year - it feels daunting. :/
    Lately I have really been enjoying the duology trend. It's nice to have everything wrapped up in two books that way we're not waiting 3 or 4 years to finish it. Then again, series like The Lunar Chronicles could go on forever and ever and I'd be happy. =)

    Great post, and good luck with your goal!

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  28. For me it completely depends on the series. I feel like The Selection probably would be better as a duology. The books are so short anyway. Other books I could handle being longer or maybe just having companion novels when I can't get enough. I think the Lunar Chronicles is the perfect length. I can't handle when there is like 8 or 10 books, although I do have some favorite series that are longer, but they have to be favorites for me to stick with that many books.

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    1. The Lunar Chronicles are also very good books :D

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