This week's question:
What's your preference: SERIES or STAND-ALONE?
Confession: I suck at trilogies. I'm always excited to see a new fantastic-looking series announced, but in the back of my mind, I have to face the facts that unless I absolutely am jumping up and down in love with the first book, the chances of me actually finishing a three-book (or more) series is slim. And sometimes not even then. I've left trails of unfinished series in my wake that I actually loved: Unearthly, The Dark Divine, The Body Finder, The Ghost and the Goth, and soooo many more. I do hope to finish them someday! Some of my favorite successes at finishing 3 (or more) book series:
(Cinder is, of course, not done yet, but I would stick with that series if she wanted to put out ten of them!)
(Oh, and there are more, I promise. These are just what comes to mind right now!LOL)
So I have to admit that when a book comes out as a stand-alone, it catches my attention even more. Oh, the joy! To know that I'm going to get the entire hopefully-fabulous story arc in one shot, that there will be no fear of the dreaded second-book slump, that Iwon't be left hanging off cliffs at the end in a devious ploy to tempt me back for the next book, and that a sweet and glorious finale is not two or three years away. Unfortunately for me, my favorite genre is fantasy and paranormal, so we all know how often one of those comes along as a stand-alone. Rarely, at best. Here's a few of my favorite stand-alones:
(Those last two are part of a "series" but each of the books are stand-alone.)
BUT what I do LOVE LOVE LOVE is the growing trend toward DUOLOGIES.
These, of course, have always been around, but it seems like we're starting to see them a bit more often, and that makes me ecstatic! Perfect for readers like me, who fall in love with a story and it's characters, need just a bit more than one book to get our fill, but want to know it's not going to be drawn out for-freaking-ever! Anna Dressed in Blood is my favorite in this catagory---I adored those books. Loved Masque of Red Death but haven't read the second (yet!). The other four, I'm just super excited that they are planned for a two-book series!
SO basically, here's my answer: I love them all, but I tend to fail at series with 3+ books. ;D
How about you? Prefer trilogies? Stand-alones? Duologies??
Oh and hook me up! Any duologies or paranormal/fantasy stand-alones you're excited about?? Do tell!!