Poll and Discussion: Series Serials

kindle serialsI am noticing a growing trend where instead of releasing a full novel, authors’ works are now being published chapter by chapter as they are writing their story; this is in a similar vein of fanfiction.  I used to be a major manga reader (Japanese comics) and while I’m used to a story being piecemealed for years at a time with 17-40 pages (in either weekly or monthly installments), I’m not so sure of how I feel about that translating to novel format.

I recently read and immensely enjoyed The Immortal Circus, which initially was released in serial format. I was glad to read it as a final product.  The second book is now out, but it will be released the same way. Though I’ve purchased the book I sort of want to hold off until it’s all finished.  It only takes me a few days to read a novel, but I want to be fully engrossed in it until it’s done.  At the same time, my TBR list is very long and it will take years for me to read everything I want at my rate.  Serials would be a good change to get more of a taste of everything.

Interestingly enough, with the growing popularity of services like Netflix and On Demand, even when it comes to television I find that I enjoy marathoning a show as opposed to watching one episode at a set time on a set day every week.  Books seem to be going in the opposite direction.  How do you feel about this evolution in reading habits?

How do you feel about novel serials?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

This article has 4 Comments

  1. I don’t mind if the first couple of chapters are made available for fans as a taster, but I think its way better to be patient and have the whole thing in your hands to enjoy.

Leave a Reply