Thursday, September 3, 2015
How much is too much? Not to bash an author, but I recently found two Robyn Carr series while on vacation in August. About four books into each series, I realized that some of the material and relationships felt forced and found myself reading more to find out about what the original main characters were doing as she'd talk about them from time to time. Some of her series are over 20 books long! If you go back to YA: Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and back even further to children's like Magic Tree House, they are all "series". However, for some reason I could read more of them than I can of adult series books. I'm still trying to figure out why.
I say this while I am writing and doing almost the same thing as Carr. I have a three book series being published (all the same characters) and the series includes two more after that which the publisher hasn't read yet. Then, I realized a sister in this book has a great story to tell, so I wrote a book about her, then her brother...and it's fun. I love it. But, those may be more for ME than anyone else.
Sometimes I wonder what publishers see in other peoples writing when I can't make it through a book. I see 4 out of 5 stars for some books and I couldn't make it past page 60. It's so interesting to see how writing really is an art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm a bit nervous because when the first of the three books come out, are the readers going to be attached enough to the MC to want to read the second and third?
Do you have a series or an idea for one? How long is too long?