Today I am going to be discussing series and standalone books and which I prefer. I'm quite tied I think. Both have their pros and cons and some stories are able to be be a standalone whilst some need to be more developed.
I love series. Harry Potter is definitely my favourite series of all time. The Hunger Games series is great (but I haven't read Mockingjay yet). Series allows the reader to really dig deep and I feel like I get to know the characters a lot better. I mean, by the time the 7th HP book came around I felt like I went to school with them as I knew so much about them. I don't think I could have felt that if it had been one book. it also means you don't have to say goodbye so soon. You get to spend longer pretending they are your best friend. My cons are that the first book in the series can be a little slow as it has to give a lot of background and set the scene. I also HATE having to wait. I am already majorly anticipating the next book in the Across The Universe series by Beth Revis!
That being said, I am huge fan of standalone novels too, especially contemporary reads. Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite authors and all of her novels have been standalone. They always finish nicely, with no loose ties yet something left to wonder about. Courtney Summers' Some Girls Are was beyond fabulous and I would actually liked a sequel of that, though it worked wonderfully.
I'm torn. I refuse to choose. I think I can say that I prefer contemporary standalones and fantasy/paranormal series. Obviously there are some exceptions but that is my rule.
So what do you think? Series or standalone? Share your thoughts!