Friday, January 28, 2011

And so the story ends...

or actually it doesn't. Not since the dawn of the Harry Potter series anyway. Nothing against Harry Potter, just all of the series books in general. I began reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl last week with the hope of actually reading a book with a storyline that ENDED! No luck. I get to the 563rd page to find there is a sequel. Dammit.

Now, I have never attempted to write a book, so maybe finishing a story is harder than the average reader might think. However, it is becoming increasingly annoying to never get to the resolution. I have been a novel reader since birth. Okay, not birth, but my Nanny started me reading historical romances and Christian romances when I was 10. Those stories always had a beginning, middle, and an end...all in one book, not three (or six)! As did the amazing Mary Higgins Clark books that enthralled me through my pre-teen years, or the Kathleen Woodiwiss novels from that same time period.

Is the problem that there is truly such difficulty in finishing a story...or that there is more money to be made by continuing it? That is what Chris thinks. He is probably right. He tends to be that way. Right, that is. Anywho, Warner Bros just signed a deal a few months ago to turn this series into movies. So there I have it. Money. It's all about the money...not the story. Who knew?


  1. I agree! I love a series, but each book/movie should have a complete story arc in itself. It's very annoying to get to the end of a book, only to discover the author is tired of writing and couldn't be bothered to wrap up the story properly, so they'll deal with it in the next book.

  2. I hadn't really noticed this. I am currently working on 3 novels, one of which is a series, but where I left them, is a good stopping point. It lets your imagination run and image what had happened to them, but if you want the real conclusion you have to read the whole thing. Well, that's my intentions anyway. I suppose it will be more decided once the first draft has been completely edited. I may go ahead and write the second part and just make it a really long book.

    I'm wondering if it isn't more a lack of attention these days so if you really love your story, you cut it into parts or what. You make good points.

    Stopping in from the Bloggy Moms Writers Workshop.

  3. For the most part I love reading series. Especially if they're all in print and I don't have to wait eons in between books. I am also writing a series and the thought of limiting my storyline to fit into one book does not excite me. It's not about money (for me) but rather exploring the world I have invented and sharing it with readers.
    I actually have beautiful Creatures up on my shelf waiting to be read (just finished Vol 2 of Sweep). :)


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