Maybe it's just me but have you noticed how almost every new book you pick up is part of a series. Of the last 30 books I read 8 of them were stand alone stories. I am not complaining I am just wondering if it is me or a trend I had not noticed.
We can all agree that we have read plenty of amazing series such as Harry Potter by J.K Rowling and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I cannot imagine these stories being as great if they would have been a stand alone book. It took more than one book to develop the wonderful characters and to allow us to get to know their incredible world.
Yet, tonight as I finished Nevermore by Kelly Creagh I was left wondering why lately I have not been able to finish a book and be done with the story. I am always left waiting sometimes more than a year to see what happens next to the characters. It's even worst when the author decides to end the book in an OMG! cliff-hanger ending.
I just can't help but wonder if all of these books really need to be a series or if the publisher or author have just decided to milk the cow for all it's worth. Some book series get better with every installment such as The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra's ability to keep the reader engulfed in the world of shadow-hunters is amazing. After four book I am anxiously awaiting the 5th with as much, if not more anticipation as I did the 2nd.
Then there are those series where the author just seems to make the story longer by taking the main characters on a journey of random struggles to that in the end seem pointless because the story could have been amazing if you would have just compacted it into one book.
In my opinion, there are two types of series. Those that you read because you enjoy and will be sad when you will have to say good bye to the characters and those that you read because you have read two or three in the series and you just want to see how it all ends.
What are your thought on this topic? Have you noticed the same trend in the books you read?