Of course all of you know that I am the queen of long-windedness but I am starting to have beef with other long-windeders like myself. I just finished a book called The Girl Who Could Fly and it was a cute, easy read that I enjoyed. One thing I did NOT enjoy however was the inevitability of a sequel. I am just so sick of every author and their dog thinking that they have to write a book that will have a sequel! Why?! Why can't anyone tell a story that only lasts for one book and then end it? It wasn't always this way. Think of the classics. They are one book for the most part and then...done.
Although this really bothers me there are a few exceptions. I do believe the Harry Potter series should have been a series. It worked well with Harry getting older and moving year after year through Hogwarts and more adventures. I would, however, like to point out something annoying about Harry Potter. Did any of you wonder why each book got thicker and thicker? Maybe you thought, "it's because there is so much story to tell now that there is so much going on," or something like that. I personally believe it's because once the series is successful the author gains "free reign" from editors and publishers. No one is cutting and slicing and picking through the book because they know all of the fans are lining up to buy the next book in the series anyway. The editors get lazy and we end up reading a book that requires vice grips to keep open it's so thick. I find this annoying!
Even though I think Harry Potter worked as a series, I don't believe that Twilight really needed to be a series. GASP! I know, I know. Don't get me wrong I am a huge, HUGE fan but it would have been just as satisfying to me if she could have tied it all up in the first book and then been done. Think of how long the fourth book dragged out. Remember Jacob telling the story for half the book and how completely un-necessary that seemed? Or how about how long the final "battle" went on with the Volturi? Seriously? Wasn't that just a little bit boring to you? The same stands for me and The Host, The Hunger Games, Confessions of a Shopaholic and others. There do not need to be sequels for every stinkin' novel. It's greedy and obnoxious!
I don't know if it's mostly annoying because I have to buy/borrow more books or because I just want to have a story told and have that be the end of it. Either way, the bottom line is that it's annoying.
Am I the only one this bothers? How do you feel about it?