I’ve been thinking lately, have you ever noticed the different kinds of book series out there? Because I was looking at my bookshelves recently, and I have realized there are three distinct series formats.
Type #1: The Standalone
This series is probably the least common, but it’s definitely out there. These are the ones where you can read any book in the series, doesn’t matter what order, and not be spoiled. Because the characters never reappear in the other books! They are typically related only by the time period they are set in. Essentially, this is the series that comes without the commitment. If you don’t like the book for some reason, then you’re not really attached to the rest of the series. You can just be over it and move on.
How is this even a series really? I don’t really know but there are some good ones around. Books from Jody Hedlund (Michigan Brides) and Tricia Goyer (World War II Liberator) fit quite nicely into this category.
Type #2: The Connection
Next we have the series where each book is focused on a specific couple, but the supporting characters reappear as main characters in subsequent novels. They usually live in the same town and all the characters are either relatives or friends. This series is one I always enjoy because the characters will show up again and you get little glimpses into their lives after happily ever after while getting a whole new story with new people.
Type #3: The Classic
What is the classic series, you ask? This is the one where you follow the main character through the entire series. It is typically written in first person, so you experience everything through their eyes and get to know that one character very well. You follow the arc of their growth and character development over three books.
I call this one the classic series because you are most involved and committed to this one. This is probably the hardest one to not finish because it is essentially one story told in three parts. How can you not finish the story? Don’t you want to know the final resolution?
Now that I’ve probably used the word ‘series’ way too many times in one post (I mean, the word is starting to lose its meaning), it’s your turn.