series vs standalone

OCTOBER 1: SERIES VS. STANDALONE? (M.T. Wilson @ Last Book on the Left)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.


A standalone book has a story which is only in one book. As for a series, it is a story which takes place in two or more books. Younger me, would always be happy with long book series. Reading and getting to know the characters was an investment for me which took time. Also, I like world building and such. However, as I grew older, standalone books have shown their benefit too. It was quicker to finish and the emotional connection to characters were not that established. This made me more accepting of death and other unfortunate events my favorite character would go through.

Between standalones and book series, no one is superior. Again, depending on my mood, I only read the ones which I like. A standalone would be for saturday nights since sunday would be a day off. As for a series, I reserve them for long vacations or when I’m sick. I prefer to read them in chronological order. Binging book series is a past time I like doing. Usually, depending on the first two books my momentum to binge a book series is gauged. I usually only start books serieswhich are done because waiting is a pain.

Fantasy and romance novels are genres which work better in series. Romance novels have series which could be treated as standalones too. They don’t need to be read in chronological order. However, some characters would make a cameo the story is not disrupted. It could also be that the characters are related by blood, work, relationship etc. As for fantasy, it is common to see them as book series because world building and different plots take place. I do love a well written fantasy book series. They are the best reads for long vacations. Sometimes, I do wish that standalones have continuations while some series novels could have lesser books for example Miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children. This could be just be a duology and I would have liked it more.

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Hot take: Sometimes, I get the impression that some authors are milking too much from their popular series if the series has a lot of books. They prolong the story much which is unecessary. Sometimes, this happens in anime and manga and example would be Bleach by Tite Kubo. I do love this manga but some of the arcs are unecessary for me. As for novels, the artemis fowl series would be in this category for me. I was not invested in it after reading the four books in the series. Again, I love this book series when I was a kid but 8 books was just too much for me then. This has been my observation and personal opinion on the matter.

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Standalone or book series would depend on preference. However even if a book is in either format, the quality should be consistent. Lately, I’ve been gravitating to standalone books. I have a lot of series to finish and this is the reason why I shy away from them. But once I’m done again, I would gladly start again new ones. What do you think of my hot take? am I the only one who is observing this?

Again thank you for reading and God bless,

– R



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