Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to SaladyLets’s talk sequels…
I’ve noticed that it has become increasingly popular for YA novels to have sequels or be turned into a series. So many books have the open ending that just begs for a follow-up and even though I love a good series, sometimes it drives me crazy. I rarely find and read a book that ends with that last page. Most of the time, a sequel is already in the works or is announced soon after.
I do really love books in a series though. A series offers a lot in terms of character development and story arcs, but sometimes, I just wish I could read a story that is told just in that one book and doesn’t lead to this story of epic proportions. Turning what was planned as a standalone book into a series or even giving it a sequel sometimes feels like a ploy to make more money. I’m not saying it’s the authors either. I’m not against anyone here at all because there are so many book series that I enjoy and I often read a book and want more, but I hate what it does to my bank account.
So what’s the general feeling towards sequels and book series? Are you all for it, or do you have some mixed feelings? What are some standalone books that absolutely blew your mind? I know John Green and David Levithan tend to have some great books, but I need to branch out and discover some other authors who have some books that don’t fall into the category of a series.