Blogger Confession: Question about Serials
I am going to admit something: I don’t think I have read a serial book before the one I am reading now. The following questions are totally because I HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE!
I am not interested in reading a serial book while it is being published. It just isn’t my thing. I don’t like cliffhangers. I don’t like to wait. I have a list though of ones that I want to read after they are all out and can be read like a full length book.
The first one up for me is Indexing by Seanan McGuire. I am currently starting part 4 (or chapter 4 not sure of the correct terminology):
So far here are my thoughts:
- The first part was excellent. Loved the world building, the intro of the characters, and the intro “story”
- The second part was 1/2 original (loved that part) and 1/2 reintroducing the characters and the world
- The third part was 1/2 original (loved that part) and 1/2 reintroducing the characters and the world.
As bad as I want to finish this book (I am listening to it on audio), I don’t think I am going to be able to wade through the MASSIVE amount of repetition. I already get slightly annoyed with this trait in full sized books that are additional entries in a series (a little catching up is one thing but when a good chunk of the book is explaining what happened previously in the series–I am out). It defiantly doesn’t work for me when it is in every “chapter” or “part” (that is a whole lot of repetitive information barely pages apart). I am not picking on Seanan, she just had the unfortunate distinction of being my first serial. So she is my only gauge.
So my question is:
- Does every serial do that? Repeat key world/character traits in every part that was released separately.
- What do you think about it?
- Would that turn you off from reading packaged serials?
- Have you read a packaged serial? Do the authors ever go back in and “clean up” the repetitive structure?
It may just be that serials will end up not being my thing (packaged or as they come out) but I wanted to check in to see if this was an overall trait.
Things to note (just because I think contemporary or erotica serials probably don’t have the world building involved but they would have the characters):
- I am more likely to read a UF or PNR serial than a contemporary or erotica serial
- I am more likely to pick it up in audio than paper just because lately that is how I am getting all my books in.