In the past six months, I’ve had several comments and/or questions regarding my series. They’ve all been delightful, but recently I’ve been wondering about book series, including my own. When I first started this literary adventure, I wanted to have a total of seven siblings. Yes, seven! I knew I needed to narrow the list and at one point, I considered doing only three. The number three–or in other terms, trilogy, is often what you’ll find in a book series. I’ve often wondered the person responsible for indulging us with only three. Well, I have five in the Order of the Dragon Knights.
There are those that will wait until the entire series has been written before they even attempt to start the first book. Oh, my! Can you imagine waiting until the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon was finished? Not me, but that’s another story, and I digress…
Yet, there are those who are upset that the villain is not killed off in a first book. If it’s a series, surely it would make sense that the villain remain throughout the entire books, right? Perhaps, we (authors) should have a villain for each of the stories. But then, could we still call it a series? Another idea to ponder.
I believe we can weave the tale to fit the stories. It would be a dull world if we had to write within certain perimeters, right? As an author, I can create my own set of rules, and I did so with my own series. There are five books–one villain. Each book gets its own HEA (happily ever after) and the final book will see the demise of said villain.
What are your thoughts on series? Do you wait until the entire series is completed before you read the books? Would you rather only have three in a series, or does it really matter?
On a side note…I’ve found a wonderful new Celtic band called, Peatbog Faeries. They’re based on the Isle of Skye, and I’m loving their music.