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YA Book Series That Never End
I’m sure most of us have all read a series, especially a YA series, that just never seems to end. I’m thinking about Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series… These series start innocently enough, with a good idea, and soon they gain a loyal following of readers. But once a series is officially considered a success, the prequels start streaming in, and the novellas, and the spin-off series, and the short stories. While fans can’t wait to read new content featuring their favourite characters, this has always left me feeling a little uneasy. Why can’t the authors let a series end? Is this just lazy writing? Are the authors monopolizing on the loyalty of their fans to make a buck? Is this just glorified fan fiction?
On the other hand, maybe it is a positive thing that a series can continue to churn our new content. Maybe that is the mark of a successful idea.
The author of the article could decide if a series that never ends is a positive attribute, a negative one, or something in between.
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