Since there are a lot of readers here, I thought I’d post about this newest craze, or at least it seems that way to me.
I’m pretty sure the 50 Shades of Grey books started this trend, but it is one that I’m beginning to dislike. Taking the hero and heroine on a journey that takes 3 books or more.
Lately, I’ve been picking up the first book because the premise sounds interesting and I begin reading only to find out the main characters story is going to last over two more books. And it’s caused me to not buy the next book or the author again. I’m sure I’m missing out on some good reads, but I want to know up front that I’ll need to read three books to get the whole story.
I like a complete story and if you’re going to continue with the same characters without resolving the conflict in the book with a HEA/HFN (Happily Ever After or Happy for Now) ending then I’ll probably never read the next book.
This isn’t to say, I don’t read books with the same characters. I’ve read the Cat and Bones books (and loved them) and a few others. But the books can be read as standalone books. I don’t have to read the next book to find out if the conflict is resolved from the first book.
So to all the readers, do you like having the main characters and their conflict spread over several books? Or do you want it all tied up as best as possible in one book?
I’d really like to hear what you have to say.