Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Series of Unfortunate Waiting....

Last night, I finished up the latest Janet Evanovich book in which bungling bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her spandex-loving side-kick Lula rescue Stephanie's slimy boss/cousin Vinne the pervert (he once had a romantic relationship with duck). Of course, there are other memorable cop Morelli, dangerous and sexy Ranger (who I'd probably be stalking if he was real), perpetually stoned Mooner (his name says it all), and the infamous, gun-toting, funeral-crashing Grandma Mazur.

As per usual, the minute I finished the 300+ pages, I was instantly thinking about what kind of sh*tstorm Stephanie and friends might find themselves in next time...and I'll have to wait a whole year to find out! GAH!

Which got me to thinking about series books in general. To be honest, it really didn't take much. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. :)

You see, I love things in series. How can anyone not? I mean, you spend something like three, four, sometimes five hundred pages with a set a characters. You get to know them. At the risk of sounding completely mental, they're like your friends. And, then the book ends, and you're like "I'm glad everything turned out okay, but I want to see them again."

Admit it. You've had these same thoughts. Okay. Don't admit it, but you and I know the truth.

So, when another book involving those same characters comes along, you snatch it right up. You devour the words as if they the only thing that could possibly nourish you. And, just like that, they're gone again...and you are left to wait until the author deigns to throw a few more crumbs your way.

Believe me. I understand. I myself am hooked on several series in addition to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. There's JD Robb's IN DEATH series...Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly books...PC & Kristin Cast HON novels....James Patterson's Manhattan Women's Murder Club...only to name a few....

So is it any wonder that I myself have fallen victim to the series virus that plagues us writers? I have written two novels that I love to pieces where the characters keep coming back to me, shouting at me, begging me to give them another story. And, they are tempting in deed. It is taking all my will power to push them off to the side, to say, "Wait, just a little longer." They're getting antsy, and I have to admit that so am I. Soon, I may have to let them loose to tell their stories...very soon.

How about all of you? Do you have any series books that you can't imagine your life without? Or do you have a crapload of story ideas flying around inside your head all revolving around this one MC? I'd love to hear about it in the comments:)


  1. Like you I love the In Death series, but I also like the other series that Nora Roberts has done. She is one of my favorite authors. If you haven't read Three Fates or The Villa, read them, they are fantastic.

    Great point on series, and now I get to go start my JR Ward books.


  2. I love the Stephanie Plum books! They are so much fun :D

    I love series books (not all though - some people write series just to cash in irrespective of the fact that their characters and their stories may just be over), but somehow I prefer writing standalone.

  3. Kelly: I have to confess that I've only ever read the IN DEATH series...nothing else by Nora Roberts...wait, I take that back. I did read REMEMBER WHEN, but it kind of tied in with the Eve Dallas books :) I know! I know! I will get on reading her other books!

    Bee: They are, aren't they? Grandma is a hoot, and so are Sally and Mooner! Are you a Morelli girl or a Ranger girl? Ahhh, Ranger **sigh, swoon**

  4. I love Stephanie Plum! I'll be hooked forever.

  5. I enjoyed Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap series. Sometimes one book just isn't enough, for the writer or the reader, or the characters too. They just need another book to get their lives onto the page!


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