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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Series, stand alone, duology, trilogies...what's your reading preference?


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Question: Do you prefer to read standalone stories, duologies, trilogies, series? 

Answer: Currently, I'm reading a lot of stand alone stories but I don't have a real preference. 

I did take a long break from trilogies (mostly YA) several years ago. I was reading SO many (I had counted at least 40 I was in the middle of) and was disappointed by middle books that added nothing or bad endings so I just cut hem all out except for a rare few. I've picked a few up lately but I can't even tell which ones. I'm not HOOKED or anything - anxiously awaiting the next book. 

I don't really count romances that are within the same world but feature different couples as a *series*. Each book stands on its own but has the comfort of revisiting old friends. 

I really do like the trend of duologies. It allows for more development but keeps the story lean without a lot of extra filler that doesn't add much more than filling pages.


What do you prefer? Getting lost in a series? Read one and move on? It takes two? The rule of three?



35 comments:

  1. When I read this topic, I was like -- companions are great, and then you mentioned them. Those are my faves because I get to stay in the world, but all the stories are separate

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    1. Companions!!! That's the word lol I could not think of it.

      Those are just so much easier overall lol

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  2. Trilogies can get so old. I do like the trend towards duos, for sure. and a good standalone is a great thing. :)

    I just started squid Game. Oh my $%^%^&

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    1. At a certain point, trilogies were just just trilogies for no reason lol They didn't serve the story.

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    2. And Squid Games!!! It's a wild ride lol

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  3. It's standalones for me! I have a hard time staying interested in series. I have the same problem with TV shows. I get bored with the characters or plot and just want to know how it ends so I can move on to something new.

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    1. I'm reading almost exclusively standalones which is really strange for me but it's what I like. They feel like low pressure reading.
      I am the same with TV!!! I hate when series go on and on.

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  4. OH YES... those YA trilogies are brutal. The first books are always fabulous. Then the third book tends to be a huge let down. There were so many like that in the 2000s. I agree. What about romance series like Psy-Changeling... those are each standalone romances, but there is a complex story arc for the books. You really couldn't read out of order.

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    1. Although I haven't read the Psy-Changling series - that's exactly what I mean about romance. You can stick with familiar characters and worlds but not NEED to read every one. And if you don't like one couple there's always the next one.

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  5. There are several really long series that I've been reading for about 20 years and I love those. But I can read standalones as well. As long as the stories are good I don't have a preference.

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    1. For some reason I don't consider romance series... series. But those are the kinds of prefer. Less obligation and you're usually able to jump in, skip around or even miss one and it's fine.

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  6. I agree that companions are great because you get a full story in each book, but you get to revisit old friends and familiar settings. I also like duologies better than trilogies for the reasons you mentioned.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Exactly! Comforting but not as much commitment lol

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  7. I am a total sucker for companion series. Those are my catnip and I read A LOT of those. :)

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    1. They're the easiest to drift in and out of while still having a sense of familiarity.

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  8. Sworn off long series for the time being, standalone novels or those no longer than three books are my preferred choice of reading ... at least for the moment.

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    1. I barely have focus for one book these days, never mind along series lol

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  9. "I did take a long break from trilogies (mostly YA) several years ago. I was reading SO many (I had counted at least 40 I was in the middle of)"
    40?!?!? LOL.

    Anything goes for me! I'd rather have some filler content over a lack of closure or development (like in most short stories or novellas) any day.

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    1. I'm kind of anything goes as well, but I needed the break from that onslaught of unsatisfying trilogies.

      I find that now that I'm reading more audiobooks, I've drifted to the stand alone.

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  10. I've always been a series person, but I've also been reading lots of standalones lately!

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    1. I used to only read series but when I could barely read this past year or so the standalone has worked better.

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  11. I am in the middle of SO many series, I will not dare count

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    1. I had to surrender lol I was forgetting too much.

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  12. I recently wrote about how terrible I am at finishing series, but that isn’t to say I don’t enjoy reading them. Stand-alone are great because they feel like less of a commitment and I can sometimes feel intimidated about starting a series, but I love reading series. I love getting to stay in a world with the same characters for multiple books because it means I’m committed to reading a set number of books and am unlikely to fall into a reading slump while I’m committed to that series. I am less likely to start a series which isn’t finished, though. I’ll buy the first book to support the author but I am terrible about finishing if it’s not all out yet.

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    1. I enjoy series too. I was just burned out and at the time (several years ago) I don't think they were all necessary either.

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  13. This depends on my mood though, wahahaha. But I do have a hard time following up on series that I started, so now I have like 10+ series I haven't finished yet, hahaha. But I do enjoy all types though. If this was asked 8 or 7 years ago, I will easily answer standalone, *wink.

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    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. I have so little reading focus these days that it takes a lot to get me interested in a series.

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  14. I feel like sometimes duologies are often rushed, so I prefer a trilogy if I'm reading a series!

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    1. I was really liking the trend of duologies but they haven't been great lately :-(

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  15. This is so hard! Because theoretically, I love a trilogy. Buuut... I am also awful at finishing them! AND, I have been so disappointed by a lot of them in the past. I like duologies a lot, but I also agree with Tracy above me that they can often feel rushed. Series are probably my least favorite, because look, I never signed up for 8 books spanning actual decades.

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    1. oh, don't even get me started on the looooong series. I won't even start those. I consider the stand alone - within one world series differently though. If I can pick one up, miss a few and jump in later then that's ok.

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  16. I'm not great at keeping up with series, though there are definitely some that I love. I'm probably more of a standalone person OR a duology/sequel person because sometimes you just want or need ONE more!!

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm barely finishing one book so I'm a stand alone girl for right now even though I used to love series.

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