Ok, first the back story: I finally joined Twitter. Yes I know, it was a long time coming. However, remember in a previous post I wanted to use the consitency of me writing in this blog as proof I could do the social media thing correctly. I decided enough time had past. Anyway, I'm now on Twitter and went ahead and started following other people one of which is Goodreads. Goodreads is a website that allows you to track the books you are reading as well as write reviews for them. Yesterday, they had a post about a survey they wanted people to answer: "What's the book you can't wait to read this summer?" and of course, I checked it out. As I did, I saw a new book that was coming out from Ann Brashares, writer of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Any guesses as to what the book is that's coming out?
Here's the title: Sisterhood Everlasting. That's right, the 5th book of the series that I thought ended in 2007 after the 4th book. The premise, the girls are grown up (out of college) and living their lives. This makes them in their twenties, probably mid twenty. Is that even considered young adult? I enjoyed the series when it first came out and I will probably enjoy this book as well, but seriously I am a bit annoyed. Are you trying to tell me that Brashares had no other ideas to come up with that she had to go back 4 years? Or was this her editor's idea? I only hope that when I'm published, I can stay away from these kinds of things. When my series ends, I want it to stay that way.
Earlier today I received my daily email from Borders. As a crazed, obsessed book maniac I have to stay apprised of the comings and goings of the book industry, don't I? Anyway, it was the "What's New" email listing the upcoming releases of some of my favorite authors and I noticed that on the list was Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Apparently, the sixth installment is coming out November of this year and my first thought was "another one?" And so I ask, when is enough, enough?
It seems that trilogies and series are popular these days, so much so, that sometimes I am just sick of them. What happened to the days where an author wrote 3 books that had nothing to do with each other? I sometimes feel like authors are stumped for ideas and therefore they take the one they have and just milk it. Or is that the publishing companies? After all, they're the ones making the real money from us, aren't they? We get $10000, they get $50000. So whose to blame?
The fact is, sometimes a series just needs to end. Sometimes, a trilogy needs to stay that way. Instead what happens is we get a series that drags out 7, 10, 13 books long or a book that becomes a prequel to a trilogy. Ladies and gentleman, a trilogy is 3 books. Adding a prequel doesn't make it cool, it makes it book 4.
As a writer, I do get it and I will admit I have one idea that, if written, will be a series of 5. But only 5 and no more. My first two books are stand alones and I intend to keep them that way. Because I believe that sometimes enough is enough.
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