Hollywood isn’t the only industry about to be scrutinized for its sequels. Let’s take a look at how books deal with the standalone vs series approach to story telling in this week’s Sunday Versus.
Whether you feel it while you’re writing or not, there is a pressure when publishing to separate a long story into a series. Famously JRR Tolkien never intended to publish The Lord of the Rings as a trilogy. And we were lead to believe that the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini was to be a trilogy, but upon the announcement of the third book, it was also revealed that there would be a fourth. (And to be honest, I only read the first book and a half of that series.)
But you know what? Fantasy isn’t the only genre taken over by series. What about The Millennium Series (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo &…
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