When do you prefer to start a series?
Books are publishing all the time (YAY!) and sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with them all (BOO!). Because of how the publishing industry works, certain books do, in fact, gain more marketing and publicity than others (generally based on what publishers think will have the most appeal to their reader-group aka what they think will sell the most copies… and make them the most money 🤑… 😒)
Unfortunately, this means that some books never make it into the public eye and the only way readers end up hearing about them is because they just happened to stumble upon it in the bookstore (and actually took the time to pick it up, read the blurb, be interested, spend monies on it, and cart it home [likely snuggled closely to their chest] in order to read it.)
Yet, by that point, it almost always has a sequel or two… or three… or twelve (😶) published already as well. In other words, you’re not coming in at the beginning of the series, but likely at the end when all the books are already published.
Or, you’re that unfortunate soul who comes in mid-series and is just royally FUC—-
For some readers, this ‘entire series already published’ option is a god-send because they are series-bingers. (I know a few of these now lurking in the shadows of the blog-o-sphere. They are quite fascinating creatures and I enjoy observing them since I am not one of these interesting specimens myself. 😜) The series-bingers absolutely MUST HAVE the next book right after finishing the previous book. They have an incessant need to read the sequel immediately following the prior book until they’ve completed the entire series.
But this… isn’t always possible. 😕
There are also the re-readers. These people are very similar to the series-bingers in that they MUST read the next book in the series immediately!!! However, for them, it’s okay if the entire series isn’t finished yet. The re-reader will simply re-read the entire series up to that point so that their brains are refreshed on all the details for them to read this brand new next book in the series. (Disclaimer: These readers don’t often read very many new books and maybe have mild obsessions with particular stories.)
Of course, there is also the stand-a-lone reader group. This is a very small, very exclusive, very mysterious group of readers who read only stand-a-lone novels or very close to only. They only graze the edges of series novels, but generally avoid them like the PLAGUE! THE PLAGUE, I TELL YOU! (Wait… wrong conversation. 😏) The stand-a-lone reader group doesn’t interact with many other readers, or if they do, they don secret identities to hide their magical-ness. 0.0 Seriously. Beware! They’re total BAMFs!
And then there’s me. 😎
I am a re-reader and series-binger’s WORST. NIGHTMARE. 😈
MWHAHAHAHA- HA-H-H-H-*hack hack* *cough cough* *dies*
*uses Phoenix Down*
Ahem! As I was saying, I’m the worst nightmare to these readers because I… don’t care! Hahaha! 😆 That’s right. Unlike these other readers, I’m not crazy.
Well… not… in the same way at least… >.> Heh. Heh.
When it comes to reading books, I honestly couldn’t care less whether they’re part of a series or not. I just read books. Frankly, I pick up (and hoard) so many books that it would be impossible for me to read based solely on a series (or, at the very least, foolish.) I mean, because I don’t buy a sequel until I’ve read (and enjoyed) the first book, I don’t often have the next book in the series, but what I DO have is TONS of other books.
So, you see, it would just be silly (and frivolous) to spend money on the next book in a series when I already have plenty of other options to choose from. And I mean, it’s not like I ever get that attached to a book, anyway. 😂
But what do you think?
What kind of reader are you?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week:
“Emotional Responses: Crying“