Hey everyone, so I’m writing a series and I’m unsure whether to write three books or two. Do you prefer reading two books in a series or three books? Do you find that solo books are better, or series?
As many as the series needs. I don’t care if it’s 2 books or 14 as long as the plot can be used properly in the decided amount. I say write the first book, and if you need write a seconds, and decide. Does this series need a third book in order to be told properly? Or am I drawing it out too long?
Basically everything @calmwolf said. The amount of books in the series doesn’t matter as much as the quality. If you have enough quality material to write a 20 book series, write a 20 book series. If you only have enough for a 2 or 3 then just write 2 or 3. And if theres only enough for 1, just write 1. Don’t force it.
How ever many you need to tell the story. I tend to kind of magically fall on 4 books when I write a series, but that’s me. I’ll read stand-alones, duos, trilogies… You name it. If the books are good I’ll stick around for 8 or more even.
So, write as many books as the story demands you write.
Totally agree with this. You need to ask yourself how much story you have for each book, and it may require you to do a bit of forward planning to ascertain how many you have. I often find myself slashing the number of books in the series (occasionally adding, but less frequently). I have no issues reading any length of series/standalone, as long as the length is suitable for the story you’re telling.
I tend to enjoy reading book series that have 2-4 books in them.
Series is definitely better! Though, I don’t mind a good solo book once in awhile.
If there’s more story to tell, there’s more story to tell. If you said everything that needed to be said by the 2nd story, don’t do a 3rd. Personally I like to write trilogies. I feel they are the perfect way to do sequels.
1st Story: Beginning of the entire story. Sets everything up for what’s to come.
2nd Story: Middle of the entire story.
3rd Story: End of the story. As you go about the story, you need to start wrapping things up.
That’s not a series though. Three books is a trilogy; two is a duology (or just the main story’s sequel). A series consists of four or more books. Think of stories like the Mortal Instruments series and Harry Potter. A duology is more like Unwind and the Savior’s Champion. A trilogy is like the Hunger Games and Divergent.
Personally, I don’t care how many books there are in a series. It can be four or twelve or even more than that. As long as each book connects and is captivating, I’m fine.
It depends on my mood. I’m in the middle (literally) of an eight book saga that’s been in the works for the past 5 years, and I have other stand alone novels and a few trilogies mixed in.