I’ve done it again, haven’t I? Vanished from the blog for weeks! Clearly I’m not one of life’s natural bloggers. Sometimes when I’m deep in writing mode, I block everything else out, and then when I emerge blearily from my cave, I feel disoriented and isolated because I haven’t kept in touch! I know – it serves me right :).
Anyway, I’m back and thinking quite hard about a new series, and, inspired by a previous discussion on Facebook, I wanted to ask you readers what you like or dislike in a series – I’ll even throw in a prize!
So, the big question: what about cliffhangers? Do you like to be left gasping at the end of a book, desperate to find out what happens in the next? I know some people get furious waiting for the next book to come out, and I do know some readers hate this kind of ending in a series book. But leaving aside the maddening aspect of being kept waiting to discover what happens next – does it keep you coming back for more?
I’ve noticed TV series use cliffhangers a lot, these days, and for myself, although I’m maddened by these endings, I do count off the time until the start of the next series – Hannibal, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, How to get away with Murder, Penny Dreadful. It does seem to work for television – and even films (eg the last Hunger Games film!) – so are there any voices in favour of cliffhanger books?
Then there’s the continuing relationship kind of book, often associated with the cliffhanger, where we follow the same hero and heroine through a series as they develop their relationship. I did this in the Awakened by Blood trilogy, although the endings weren’t cliffhangers. Do you like these kind of series, without the cliffhangers?
Or do you prefer the different couples for each book approach? Maybe with appearances of varying importance from previous characters? Such as my Serafina’s series, where I do enjoy developing the relationship of previous main characters at the same time as beginning new romance for my current hero and heroine.
Any other words of wisdom on the subject of series? I’d love to hear your views, so I’ll pick a winner from all who reply, to receive an e-copy of the first book in any of my series (except, sadly, Awakened by Blood, where I have no way of getting hold of e-copies!)