This week I'm going to be talking about the pro and cons of series and stand alone novels. Marginally, I prefer stand alones over series. I think it is much harder to write a stand alone. To make a story interesting and intriguing and have a large climax but yet get everything wrapped together in about 300 pages is not that easy. I'm assuming. But I think if you write a series you never need to have a set conclusion till the end of the series which is usually a minimum of 3 but can be 7-10.
Another reason I love stand alone novels is with all the books I read it is so hard to keep series separate. And I don't always have time to reread the books before the newest book. And books like the Private or Pretty Little Liars have so many books and twists. Plus its sometimes almost a year since I read the last book. Its very hard to keep everything straight. And also very frustrating to be confused.
There is also ways to tastefully do series. I love series that each book has a definite conclusion and that you would be fairly satisfied if the series ended there. Examples of this are The Mortal Instruments and Twilight Saga. Don't get me wrong I love to read series they just frustrate me somewhat.
So what do you think? Which do you prefer? What are your favorite series? Leave your thoughts in the comments!