Yakkety Yak Let’s Chat: Serials

Posted July 21, 2013 by Shari in Let's Chat / 4 Comments


Yakkety Yak Let's Chat

I am back! Sorry for the long break, but summer hit like a tornado in tornado alley around here.

So over the last week I finally started reading my first “serial”. Not a series like we know it, but small installments of a longer story arc that come out periodically over shorter periods of time. Well, let me tell you…I am NOT a fan of serials right off.

Why? Well here are some reasons right off…

  • IMPATIENT! I guess it was good I waited and read the first five back to back, but I have to wait for the last three. 
  • PRICE! For heavens sake. Each installment has been around 55-70 pages that are $1.99 a piece. That is well over my $2.00 for 100 pages rule. Can you say this author is gauging my pocketbook?
  • RUINS THE FLOW! The stories abruptly stop and then you wait a week or more for the next installment. By then I have forgotten what I read and even if I care to read any more.
  • BAD IMPRESSION! Now I have a bad impression of the author, whom I adore and the publisher that I feel is gauging me.
  • ADDICTION! Once you start, you don’t feel you can stop. It is like admitting you failed.

Ok, maybe some of those seems silly and kind of witchy, but that is how I felt as I was reading the serial. Mostly I was ticked off that I was spending money on books that were overpriced. In the end I will pay $16 for the entire series and get only about 400-450 pages. That comes out to $8-$9 that I would normally pay for a book that size. So double the price! So yeah, I am kind of sore about that sticking point.

So while I don’t read many serials, I have been totally burned by this situation and won’t be going into them any more. What do you think? Are serials worth the money and time? Is it a problem with you, or do you like having a story over time? Maybe you like to savor it? That’s not bad.

So let’s chat!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

I’m totally with you on this one particularly the impatience issue.

Brianna (The Book Vixen)

I agree with all the points you’ve mentioned. The big ones for me are price and patience. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read a serial but I do avoid them. It feels like the author/pub is trying to make more $$$ by splitting what essentially could be one or two books into 5-6 parts. And the waiting would ruin my flow. I have found myself shying away from trilogies lately because I can’t stand the wait.