Amazon’s “Start a New Series” page
Series are special.
Book series preceded radio and movie series, which preceded TV series…but they are still going strong.
Certainly, there are series I have loved. I especially like finishing series. 🙂
I know, I know…I should be disappointed when that happens…the end of a great relationship.
However, I also like the idea that I’ve finished something…that I’ve read all there is to read.
Of course, nowadays, you can never know that there won’t be more. 🙂
That’s true even if the author is deceased.
After all, we have
That’s Amazon’s new(ish) spin on fanfic (fan fiction), although it isn’t really that. A rightsholder licenses a property to Kindle Worlds. Following a few guidelines, anybody can write in that world…they don’t need permission outside of it being in Kindle Worlds.
The rightsholder, the author, and Amazon all get a cut of the sale.
So, even though Kurt Vonnegut died before the first Kindle was released (it was the same year), new books in “The World of Kurt Vonnegut”: 51 at time of writing.
I read all 181 of the original Doc Savage adventures…but more authorized titles are being published.
As it did with some other things (crossovers, for one), I give credit to the (Wizard of) Oz series for pioneering the continuation of a popular series of books with other authors.
The Oz books were the Harry Potter series of their day (the first one was published in 1900). People would be lined up outside the bookstore to buy the new one, and there were Oz clubs.
After L. Frank Baum died in 1919, one more Baum Oz book was published. Then, in 1921, the same publisher brought out the next book in the series…written by another author, Ruth Plumly Thompson. Thompson would actually go on to write more books than Baum had.
Interestingly, Thompson was not at all trying to imitate Baum’s style, from what I could see. It was certainly the same world with the same characters, but the writing was different.
That’s one of the benefits of the thorough world building that Baum had done. We literally had a map of Oz (and surrounding lands), and the rules were carefully delineated (after the first book).
For example, nobody ages in Oz…and that happened all at once to a “normal” land. Yes, that means that some people would be babies forever…which Baum addresses in The Tin Woodman of Oz.
Thompson takes that existing world, and tweaks it…essentially, people can age if they chose to do so.
As you can tell…I love the intertwined complexity of a book series. 🙂
What happens when you want to start a new series?
Amazon has a page just for that:
Limiting it down to
we see these numbers for the categories:
- Arts & Photography (1)
- Biographies & Memoirs (4)
- Children’s Books (6)
- Christian Books & Bibles (32)
- Comics & Graphic Novels (47)
- Crafts, Hobbies & Home (1)
- Engineering & Transportation (1)
- Gay & Lesbian (2)
- History (6)
- Humor & Entertainment (1)
- Literature & Fiction (229)
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (112)
- Parenting & Relationships (1)
- Politics & Social Sciences (3)
- Reference & Test Preparation (3)
- Religion & Spirituality (35)
- Romance (103)
- Science Fiction & Fantasy (97)
- Teen & Young Adult (14)
As might be expected, Romance, Mystery, and Science Fiction/Fantasy dominate. I think that’s what most people think of when they think of fiction series.
Note that the numbers above clearly include non-fiction (hm…I would have thought there would have been a lot for travel)…and that the same series might appear in more than one category.
What are the ten most reviewed series in this set?
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (I’ve read one)
- The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick Rothfuss (haven’t read one)
- Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years Book 1) by Gregory Maguire (I’ve read one…I would read more, although the series tries to make it seem like it is based on the public domain Oz books and not on the 1939 movie, but the wicked witch being green is an important plot element. That’s from the movie, not the books ((the movie was playing with colors, since it was an early color film)))
- Dune by Frank Herbert (read several of these)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing by Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey (haven’t read)
- Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Rawles (haven’t read)
- Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by J.R. Ward (haven’t read)
- Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by Jim Butcher (I’ve read the first one, and would certainly read more. I also watch the TV series)
- Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris (huh…although I own some in paper, I realize I haven’t read this. I have seen the first season of True Blood)
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov (I’ve read the original trilogy)
One last though: I’m now a bit more reluctant to start a series (and I always want to read them in order). I have come to prize reading a variety of books…and for that reason, I’d say, committing to a series is less attractive.
What do you think? Do you like series? Do you prefer them? Are you a completist? Will you read a series out of order? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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