I just finished writing and releasing the third book of my series and after doing a couple stand-alones in between, it was nice to come back to a world and characters that I’d grown with and knew inside and out. That got me wondering why we like series so much.

My favorite NA-before-NA-was-cool books are Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. It was always billed and urban fantasy (and is) but with a 19 year old protagonist out saving the world, could have easily been a huge anchor in the NA fantasy set.

With five books in the series (and more if you count the continuing books which take it up to seven) it was incredibly easy to get drawn into that world and the lives of the characters, along with their challenges and their unique ways of facing them. Once the world was built in the first book, the author then had so much room to explore the rest of the nuances of the story—and she did.

I think that’s what I love about series the most, both as a writer and a reader, once the foundation is laid, you can just continue to build floor after floor after floor—in both directions. I mean, think about it, if you can get a couple of books into the series building up, what’s to say you can’t head in the other direction and see what’s down below. You could end up five stories (pun intended :) and uncover intricate details that would have been incredibly difficult to reveal in a single, stand-alone book.

We love getting to know our characters, and in a series you not only get intimately involved with them, but you also get to see them grow. In KMM’s series, her character, Mac grew exponentially as she continued to face tougher and tougher challenges. As a stand-alone the first book would have been fantastic, but I’d have yearned for more: more time with the character, more time to see her grow, more opportunities to see her tackle challenges. I often read books that leave me aching and empty because the characters are gone and I’m missing them.

Series allow us to be friends for a long, long time.

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  1. I love reading and writing series! For all the reasons you mentioned here :)

  2. I have read a few series books. I'm reading the INK series right now. That said, as a writer I write companion books that can be read in any order. It's all good!

  3. Heck yeah! My NA paranormal romance / urban fantasy series ends THIS WEEKEND, and I'm so bummed. I'll probably do some Wattpad shorts when I miss the world too much...

  4. I think I love series books because I get so attached to the characters and watching them struggle, grow, and ultimately succeed.

  5. So true, Jen. I think many feel the same way, which is why they're so popular. We just wanna spend more time with all those characters we've come to love. (And I'll always always want to return to Middle Earth.)


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