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:
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.