Sunday, 19 June 2011
A Discovery of Witches, Or, Why are So Many New Books Part of a Series?
But then I got into the final section, in which Harkness left the realm of the cosy, Historian kind of story and veered into the epic battle realm. Lots of plot points were introduced and I was thinking that surely Harkness can't hope to resolve all of this within the next two hundred pages?
Sure enough, the ending was vague and a bit of a cliff-hanger. A quick look around the internet revealed that Harkness is intending to make her story into a trilogy. And maybe it's because I read The Passage recently and had the same issue, but I can't help but wonder:
Why can't anyone tell a story in a single volume anymore?
A Discovery of Witches has almost 600 pages and I'm sure Harkness could have told a great story in that space, especially if she had stuck to the cosy side of things. The Passage is even longer. Whenever I look for kindle books they always have brackets by them saying (series title #1). Now I don't mind reading a good series, but I'm sure they are becoming much more common than they used to be.
Maybe it's down to publishers? Maybe having found a lucrative stream of revenue they want to exploit it by having lots of books about the same characters. But it's definitely not what I as a reader want. A series shouldn't feel dragged out like lots of them do now.
What's your opinion? Do you agree that there are more series' now? Is it a good thing?