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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
I recently finished One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid and my initial reaction, after I finished balling my eyes out of course, was “DAMN, IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I READ A GOOD STANDALONE NOVEL!” But for real, everyone go read this book! It was so freakin’ good and it changed my whole outlook on soulmates and the possibility of having multiple true loves.
Okay, I got a little sidetracked for a moment, but back to today’s discussion…after I finished One True Loves, I started to think about the fact that I haven’t been reading many standalone books lately. I’ve been binge-reading series after series and while I’ve been having so much fun doing so, I forgot for a moment what it was like to read a book where the story is wrapped up and I have to say goodbye to these characters indefinitely (because there is no way in hell I’m re-reading OTL, TOO MANY TEARS!).
The irony of it all is that when I was a teen, standalones were actually my go-to’s because I never had the patience to keep up with series. But now, it seems IMPOSSIBLE to actually avoid series and I’ve really had no choice but to start reading series. I’m not going to lie, when I started getting back into books again, I was shocked at the fact that there were so many contemporary series out there. It just got me thinking: ARE STANDALONES BECOMING EXTINCT?
So the word “extinct” may be a little dramatic, but I honestly feel like standalones are not as popular as they once used to be. Series have taken the publishing industry by storm and have brought about some new and exciting innovated ideas that have drastically changed the way many people read. Here are just a few examples:
♥ FANDOMS: Why read a book alone when you can read it with a group and then fangirl about it? Series have allowed readers to come together and bond over favorite characters and create hype about upcoming releases. In turn, this helps a series to become more popular because people become curious to see what all the hype is about. Many non-readers have started to read just because they wanted to know what all the excitement was about over a particular series. Perfect example, FSOG. Many people have said that FSOG was the first series they’ve ever read, and despite the fact that that series is trash, it still got people to read. Fandoms are doing a damn good job at providing free marketing and publicity for a series.
♥ BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS: If the first movie sucks, you can always try again with the second book! Another way series have gotten non-readers to read is by taking written words and helping them come to life on the big screen. If a movie or TV show is successful, there is a greater chance that a person will decide to read the books so they can compare the two. But we all know the books are better! At this point, I’m not even surprised when I see that the rights for a series has been opted for a movie or a TV show. All I can hope for is that the writers manage not to screw up the script and try to stick to the original text as much as possible.
♥ SECONDARY CHARACTERS HAVE LIVES TOO: For me, series have helped me realize that I have a slight obsession with secondary characters. There have even been times where I’m reading a standalone and I start thinking about the possibility of a sequel just so I can have more of a certain secondary character. Everyone has a story to tell and I want to read that story. Primary characters need to start sharing their spotlight too!
While I don’t think that standalones will ever become “extinct”, I think it will be a while until they become popular again. We are living in a world where everyone just wants MORE. More books, more characters, more storylines, a little more time to enjoy a particular world. Series will be trending for a while and I am, for the most part, happy that I finally jumped on the bandwagon. The only downside is my massive TBR!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Do you prefer series or standalones?
Let me know in the comments!