Recently, a friend of mine was telling me about a fantasy book I should read. It had everything, they said. Sex, intrigue, interesting characters and all sorts of great stuff. I was completely sold, until they said it was the first book in a massive series.
|The first of many|
Why does genre fiction seem to go on and on forever? The Wheel of Time series is a dozen books long, Harry Dresden's tales are almost on their thirteenth and George RR Martin is about to release the fifth book in the epic Song of Ice and Fire saga. Don't even get me started on how long Dune seems to be... even Sookie Stackhouse is poised to be eleven books long. Standing in the cozy aisle of a bookstore, staring at a series that takes up an entire shelf and finding yourself at book one can be a mixture of terror and excitement.
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I try to get into series when they first come out, and then wait with baited breath for months until the next volume comes out. I bemoan the lack of continuation in novels that are simply stand-alone stories. So why do I seem to be unable to leap into a series that is established and well on it's way? There are many long series I'm fully entrenched in, Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels being a prime example, but I seem unable to commit to anything new.
|So many books, so little time...|
So what do you think, dear readers? What is your take on epic sagas in genre fiction? Do you read them, relish them or revile them? Which ones do you love or hate and how do you get over that initial stepping stone of "oh dear god, there are a dozen books in this series, god help me."?