It took me a little while to come to this idea. I sat down to write this (after midnight- didn't realize it was that late) and had writer's block. So I did what every writer does with a block (or even without)- I went to Twitter. I asked what I should write about and was promptly bombarded by 4 of those spam "Writers Needed" tweets. Eventually I did get a real answer from Liz, who said I should write about series vs standalones.
I told her that it was funny she mentioned that because the other day, I was talking with John on GChat and we talked about series and standalones. I had just finished Falling Under by Gwen Hayes (review tomorrow) and was under the impression that it was a standalone however it has an open ending, so it seems like a sequel will be coming. I don't know for sure about that though.
Anyway, I enjoy both a lot but it seems like a LOT of books are becoming series these days, mainly trilogies. It bugs me when a story leaves me on a cliffhanger and it seems like almost all the books I read do that. Unless of course it's a contemporary book, where it's more likely that it's a standalone. Why can't we tell a paranormal story in one book anymore? I'm writing one right now and it's gonna be a standalone, no matter what.
It's nice to just read a standalone and be done with the story once you finish the final pages. You don't have to worry about what's gonna happen next because everything's wrapped up. At least, that's how it works for me. I know from reading various authors' blogs that TONS of people feel differently and want everything to be a series. People are still asking for a 7th Mediator book from Meg Cabot, even though she's said no repeatedly and the 6th book came out like 5 years ago. Or even books like Sarah Dessen's where it's usually wrapped up- people still ask for sequels.
At the same time though, series can be a lot of fun. I LOVE The Princess Diaries (and many of Meg's other series) to bits. Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series is fantastic; so is Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series and many other series. I do enjoy spending time with characters and so it's nice to be able to revisit them with each book. In fact, I'm re-reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson and am so excited for the sequel to be out in April because I love Ginny so much and really enjoy reading her adventures.
Time to stop this rambling. What does everything else think about series and standalones?