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Are trilogies over?
I have seen people talk about trilogies before but my question is whether people are sick of them. If you have been on the internet a lot lately, you might have noticed or come across some articles saying that trilogies are over. I remember seeing something that said publishing companies/agents are looking for series at the moment. I have a feeling that may be true.
I think you are in the book world influences your opinion on trilogies. Here are some ideas in the way that those people may be influenced:
– People in marketing:
They want something fresh. How many recent series’ are trilogies? The answer: a lot. Think about some really popular recent book series’:
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
- The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
- The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
- The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
- The New Soul trilogy by Jodi Meadows
And so on.
If I’m starting a new series, I immediately make the assumption it’s a trilogy.
– The Buyer:
This one can be even on both sides. Personally, I try and refrain from buying standalones. For some reason, I seem to feel I am not getting the most value for money because I am less likely to reread it because a sequel is coming out etc., and I don’t get to invest myself in the story for as long as I would a series. Plus, I think a trilogy is a nice length.
But then there is the other idea money-wise. Have you seen those series’ that always seem to have sequels coming out? *cough, cough, House of Night, cough, Vampire Academy/Bloodlines* I don’t think many people would like to spend possibly over $100 on a series. Unless you love the series that much. Or maybe you’re like me and just buy the series and never read it.
– The Reader:
a) I like trilogies a lot. My ideal trilogy: you have the first book which is stunning and leaves you really excited for a sequel, then you have the second book which is consistent and keeps you hooked and of course finishes on a major cliffhanger you never saw coming, and finally, the third book which is full of action and conflict over the cliffhanger. This doesn’t always happen. *cough, second book syndrome, cough, horrible conclusion*
I probably ought to look at getting that cough fixed.
b) They give you just the right amount of time to know the characters and the world. And there is less likely (but probably going to happen anyway just to frustrate us) to be cover changes half way through the series.
So, in answer to my question, are trilogies over, I am going to have to modify that a bit.
The question I can answer: Are trilogies dead to me?
The answer: No. I love trilogies. Sure, I will always be like “Ooh, the Pushing the Limits series is four books long? Cool!” or “The Blood of Eden series is a dualogy? Also cool!” , but trilogies will probably always be my favourite.
The question I can’t really answer: Are trilogies dead to everyone else?
The sort of answer: It depends. People love ’em or hate ’em. It’s up to their preferences and their position.
What do you think?
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