2 September 2011

Standalone=plot. Series=character Do you agree?

After some poll participants suggested they avoided reading books if they were in a series I ran another poll:

Commenters were a bit ambivalent: the following comment was fairly representative of thinking.

Any book, for it to be enjoyable, has to have both good plot and interesting characters. A series does allow character development, but at the same time each instalment needs to be able to be read as a standalone for the story to be fulfilling. Personally I don't care whether a book is a standalone or part of a series as long as it's an entertaining, interesting read.

2 comments:

Marce said...

I prefer stand alones so it can have both, my preference would be plot over character if I had to choose.

BTW I sent you an email.

Maxine said...

Agree with your conclusion. I found this poll (as asked) impossible to answer because there are so many examples of all possible answers (series with good and bad characterisation, standalones ditto). Some series just rehash the same formula each time and there is no genuine character development (eg Eve Dallas in the J D Robb books), in others, characters change and develop (eg Wallander in Henning Mankell's novels).

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