3 Reasons I like Series

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I just finished reading  B.J. Daniel’s  Wrangled, her last book in the Chisholm Ranch series (Harlequin Intrigue). I thoroughly enjoyed it, and that got me to thinking about series. Why I like reading them and why I like writing them. It comes down to three points:

One: Comfort

If I like the characters and the setting in a story, I don’t want to let them go. I want to revisit them. Reading books in a series is comfortable … like slipping into your favorite slippers, the ones that fit just right. There’s nothing more relaxing than grabbing a book you know you’re going to enjoy and sitting down for a good read. Writing books in a series, is also comforting. You get to work with the same characters, settings and themes deepening them as you move along.

Two: An Intimate Relationship Between Writer and Reader

Call me crazy, but I think when you open a book in a series, you are embarking on an epic adventure with the writer. One you have agreed upon will further the last story, perhaps even enhance it. It’s an unspoken agreement with the storyteller. As a reader, and as a writer I love the connection. It’s somehow more intimate, because it’s long term. As a writer, I’m not saying here is a story I hope you enjoy it. I’m saying, here is my world, I hope you enjoy the many stories it contains. I guess I’m one for long term love commitments<grin>.

Three: The Big Hero

A series gives the writer the opportunity to fully develop a hero, over several stories. I’m a sucker for heroes. They inspire me and make me feel hopeful that whatever adversity befalls man, the hero will survive and pull us all through.

So…that’s what I’ve been thinking about.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

8 thoughts on “3 Reasons I like Series”

  1. I love series too but mostly up to trilogies only. When it’s more than that it feels like their dragging the whole adventure though I’ve read may long series too. Compared to stand alone books, books with installments build the characters more fully which makes the readers engrossed to the story and to the characters as well.


    1. Well said.
      Some series do go on too long. But then, I’m often disappointed after a trilogy ends.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Best Wishes


  2. Hey, Jo-Ann. Yes I enjoy series, too. I’ve read almost all of Carla Neggars’ books. Many of hers are about two families one from New Hampshire and one from Tennessee. She interloops these people and it’s fascinating to watch. I was first caught by the setting–I love New England–but then the intricate plots sucked me in. I do wonder if our fascination with series doesn’t indicate a lazyness on the part of us as readers. We don’t have to work as hard to figure out who is who. We can read without so much attention to detail, because we know the setting and the kind of problems the characters deal with. For writers, I gotta think it’s more difficult. Keeping up with everyone and their relationship to all the characters must be beyond challenging.
    I hope your analysis is the correct one–we just love the people so much we don’t want to let them go. 🙂


    1. Hi Marsha
      I should rephrase: we just love some people so much we don’t want to let go. LOL
      Carla Neggar’s books sound interesting. I’m going to look them up. Thanks for the tip.
      Are we lazy readers? Maybe. But I’m all for art being accessible by all, even the weary.
      Writing a series is challenging. I have all sorts of flow charts posted around my writing area and in my laptop. And of course they are never updated enough, so I find myself calling characters by the wrong name and giving them the wrong attributes. Still, it’s fun and addictive.
      Thanks for stopping by. You always add so much to the discussion.
      Happy Writing


  3. All great points, Jo-Ann and one of the reasons I’m looking forward to plotting my series. I do agree that for most series though (Harry Potter excluded) 3 books is a good number.


    1. Stacy
      I’m thinking maybe I should have aimed at three for my series, but I have two (mostly) completed and don’t think I can finish in 3. We’ll see where the muse takes me.
      Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion.
      Best Wishes


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