Talk To Me Tuesday #1

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by one of my favourite blog I Swim For Oceans where we will discuss anything (and everything) literary-related in an open forum of honesty.  If you are interesting in participating make sure to go I Swim For Oceans and link your post.

This weeks discussion is:  Do you prefer series or stand-alone novels...and why?

Well that depends on the genre.  When it comes to realistic fiction then it would have to be stand-alone novels.  Because they are generally more character driven novels and they tend to be a lot more of a emotional story (well the one's I pick are) so I need a ending.  I don't want to be waiting and worrying about my favourite character.  Some great examples of favourite stand-alone novels:



When it comes to paranormal/fantasy/dystopia genre, then series.  So much happens plot wise during these genres, that if they tried to wrap everything up it would seem too rushed.  And generally I want more of the plot and the amazing worlds that these authors create.  Although I am not a fan of a giant cliffhanger ending either but somehow I can handle it better.  I want the ending to be some what resolved but with a few unanswered questions that still leave you craving for more.  Some of my favourite series:



Do you prefer series or stand-alone?

Thank you to Melissa at I Swim For Oceans for hosting this meme. 
  

11 comments:

Kat said...

I completely agree with you here, Nic. With contemporary, realistic fiction, the character depth has to be really deep to work, and it's not so much about plot. I really don't care for realistic fiction series-- but there aren't many to begin with. Fantasy/paranormal/sc-fi series are definitely my favorites, though historical sometimes works.

Love the Hunger Games, of course, and the Darkest Powers Trilogy! Haven't read any of the stand-alones, but Six Impossible Things call out to me. Anyway, cool meme. :) I'm going to check out Swim for Oceans...

Missie said...

You are absolutely right.

Funny because I was just over at Melissa's blog complaining about series, but I really enjoy them if they are done right. Paranormal/dystopia fiction does lend itself better to series because of the multiple angles it can pull from to tell a story, especially if the world building is good.

Sad to say, but I haven't read any of your favorite stand alones. Must fix that. :D

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Thanks for participating, Nic! I think you hit the nail on the head here, for sure. With contemporary novels, I think authors have the ability to wrap their stories up in neat little packages with greater ease than authors of paranormal/fantasy, etc.

While I appreciate a good series, I think each novel needs to be able to stand alone, which is the beauty of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games...as well as the Percy Jackson series :)

PS...I totally lovedddd Twenty Boy Summer!

danya said...

It's really interesting that it divides into genres for you. Now that I think about it, there are way more paranormal/fantasy YA series than there are contemporary. I think perhaps with the fantasy genre the authors have more to work with - like you say, they've created a whole different world, so there's a lot you can do with that. Great point!

Khadija said...

I agree with the genre thing completly. I really liked reading your answer. :)

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Small Review said...

I agree about contemps versus fantasy/paranormals. I'm not sure about dystopians. On one hand, I think they often require more than one book, but on the other hand I really dislike it when the entire first book of the trilogy is about the main character realizing their world sucks. I'm just kinda thinking "Hurry up already! I know your world sucks and I know you'll know your world sucks, so let's move on to the fighting against things already!"

Misha said...

I agree that realistic books should be stand-alone. For me, it also depends on the book. There are some fantasy novels that are better off as a stand-alone yet the author drags it on .

Jenny N. said...

I don't have a preference but it seems like a lot of the books I read are part of a series especially for paranormals and fantasy. The downside for me is that sometimes when I return to the series I forget some of the story points or minor characters so have to reread the prior books.

Alexa said...

Talk to me Tuesday sounds great, I may have to play next week!

I think I agree with you on stand alone versus series, although I do like companion novels in contemporary like The Piper's Son and Lola and the Boy next door (well I like the idea of the ast one not having read it yet) and I like how Sarah Dessen sometimes references characters from early books.

Good Golly Miss Holly said...

Most of the time I prefer stand-alone's but when an awesome book comes along, I often find myself crazing a sequel for it.

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