Kel Sunday, October 12, 2014 discussionBook series are big. Well established series equal built in marketing and audience for the latest release. When you like book one, you're likely to look for and check out book two, and so on.
Series can be great! When you find one you like, you don't have to ponder what to read next. You know, and because you know what kind of writing/characters you're getting, you get all excited! Of course, I also know readers who feel compelled to finish series, even when they don't enjoy the first or second book. They have to stick around until the very end.
I approached series with that mindset back in middle school and high school- reading them all the way through even when I didn't love them. Now, due to time constraints (and declining patience levels ^^), I'm much less generous. If a series doesn't grab me, if I'm not invested in where the story goes next, I cut out and look for something I'll like more.
What about you guys? Do you prefer series or standalones? Do you stay with a series til the bitter end, just in case it turns out brilliantly at the last second? Or do you terminate your relationship with a series midway if it's not working out?