Book series come in many sizes. Nobody’s Princess is a series of two books. Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon has three. Harry Potter consists of seven novels. And a variety of mystery series extend over ten. But, when is a series complete?
There are signs that a series is becoming too long. The issue I notice as I read is that the characters become over extended and predictable. Villains begin to have similar backgrounds, motives, and plots. The main characters repeat actions and mistakes instead of growing from the experiences of before. And from these aspects, I can pretty much predict where the novel will end and what path it will take to get there.
These signs can appear at any time. It could begin to show in the third novel or in the fifth. The number of books in a series truly depends on what is being written. However, as a writer, I feel a three book series is a good average goal to begin with. It’s not an over whelming number and it can grow in size as needed.
But, what do you think? How many books do you feel should be in a series? What are some of the signs you begin to notice when a series is becoming too long?
Meet an Author Mondayhosted by Confessions of a California Cheer Mom!
Here’s how Meet an Author Monday works:
READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!
- Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
- You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
- Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
- The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
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