So, recently a couple of my favorite series have ended. Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series’ last book came out yesterday, and Last Sacrifice, the final book in the Vampire Academy series, came out in December. I’m usually okay with a series ending, as I’m a big believer of leaving before you’re thrown out, but I find that I’m not so anxious to give up some of my series anymore.
Reading a series is like eating comfort food: you know what to expect, you’re familiar with the flavor, and it always satisfies. Sure, some books aren’t as good as others in the series, but I know the characters and feel like I have a vested interest in the outcome of their story from page one. With a book featuring new characters I have to grow to like the characters. Sometimes that never happens. Sometimes I’m only sticking through their story because I’m waiting for that moment when everything falls apart.
Either way, I much prefer reading a new book in a series than something completely new. Maybe it’s because my reading roots are in fantasy, where a series can have eleventy billion books, but I hate leaving characters.
So, what do you think? Are series something you like, or are you strictly a stand-alone type person? Or do you just pick up anything that grabs your attention?