Oct 25, 2011

How Many in a Series is TOO MANY?

I was just clicking through Google Reader, checking out the blogs I follow, and came across this book. My first thought was, HOLY HOT HUNK! Then, of course, I wanted to read it. I checked out the deets and the blurb and found that it's the 9th in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series.


And I haven't ready any of the other books, yet. That means I have to go buy EIGHT other books and read them before I even get to this one.


Now I'm thinking, not so much. Yeah, eventually I'll get to the whole series. It looks awesome and I want to read it. But it will take a while. Thing is, it's the 9th in 13. THIRTEEN!!  YIKES!

So, here's my question. 

How many is too many when it comes to a series? 

I hate to say it, but I'd have to be one heck of a devoted fan to stick with the same story for thirteen novels. Or maybe it's one of those series where each  novel has it's own story, but they share some common characters. I'm still not sure that would be appealing unless they were really good. 

Oh, and if you've read this series, let me know if you liked it and if it would be worth me coughing up the cash to get them all.


  1. If there is something to add to the series, then I'm fine with them going on a while. It's when they start becoming pointless or tired, reused plots that I start to stop reading.

    For the House of Night, I loved books 1-4. Book 5 seemed pretty pointless, and I haven't gotten around to read any after that.

  2. I read the Sword of Truth series. I agree with Cherie. If they're just adding books and not wrapping up the series because they know they can, that's not cool. I think there are about twelve books in that series and i don't think they need three of them.

    There are just so many good books and authors out there that spending so much time on one story, if it's not moving, is no fun.

  3. The first few books were great and let me just say... fast reads! I don't know how much time you have on your hands, but I began reading these when my daughter picked them up. I read one a day. It is the same characters, looooong story. I think it should have stopped at 5.
    Being a fantasy reader, I think there were only two authors who pulled off writing 10 books in the same series and that was David Eddings and Melanie Rawn. Five books, two series, same characters, well done. Then from Eddings sprang two more books from his series. The characters were very well loved and the stories moved along beautifully. Wheel of Time by Jordan, not so much.
    These House of Night books sort of fall in the category of "Stop already!" but the first few were really good and fast reads for young adults, which of course, is their aim.

  4. I've read some really great books by P.C. Cast - but I agree with everyone else, after about 4 or 5 books, the series seems pretty pointless. I actually read up to #13ish of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. But really, I was getting burned out of her not deciding which guy she was going to go for & while Stephanie is hilarious, she kinda stopped being super funny by then. I know the series is still going on. Has it hit 20 yet?

    Personally, I'd rather have a series go about 3-5 books.