Wednesday, May 1
Something About a Series
Lately, I've been obsessed by series, maybe because I've been writing one. But there is something about reading a familiar-but-different book that is just...very satisfying to me.
Series have always been a favorite, starting with the 'Sweet Valley' books of my teen years, but this new obsession has me reading all kind of different series and wishing for more and more and more.
It all started with Jayne Ann Krentz and her Arcane Society books. The characters are always different, but the world is so familiar that as soon as I start page one, I know where I am, who I'm up against (because I could soooo be one of those psychically connected heroines, I could!). I love it. Then, one of my Crimson Romance sisters, Peggy Bird got to me. The first book in her 'Again' series, and the same thing - each book is so different but the world she has created (and it's a contemporary, Earth-bound world) is so familiar and reading is like sinking into a familiar place with familiar people. And our own D'Ann Lindun has a new series, about The Cowboys of Black Mountain and is just...oh-so-sweet. And sexy. And cowboylicious that I can't stop reading. Even though I've already finished both the books.
One series that doesn't have me (well, any longer)? The Stephanie Plum series. I love Janet Evanovich. I loved the first few Stephanie books. And I love series, so this should be a home run, shouldn't it? And yet...I think it's that this series is one person's story. It's too familiar. The books are enjoyable but they don't grab me by the throat and demand I finish at 2AM. I can put a Stephanie book down because I know she'll still be torn between Morelli and Ranger, Lulu will still be Lulu and the bonds agency will still be run by slimeball Vinnie.
So, I suppose its a fine line between familiar and too-familiar. Different but not too-different. Tell me, are you a series fan? And, if so, what's the best series you've read recently? I need to know - because I've finished Peggy's and D'Ann's series and I need more!