Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Serial Novels: My Thoughts & Yours Are Welcome :-)

E-Serial Novels - What Are Your Thoughts? 


Not sure what a serial novel is?


 It's also called an e-serial or e-series. It's a digital book that is published in sections or chapters - but, I have noticed that some of the e-serials that I am familiar with now have a"print" option available to purchase.

Apparently, this is not a new phenomenon, I know because I did a little research. This goes way back... Take for instance, Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" was originally published as a serial novel in a magazine - yep! Published chapter by chapter (each chapter was roughly 20-30 pages each) starting in 1859 (yes, the year) for 31 weeks - that's nuts, right?

Fast forward 137 years and you will discover that Stephen King's, "The Green Mile," for those of you who didn't know, was published in 6 installments - roughly 100 pages each - over a 6 month period in 1996.

Ok, so, I thought this trend was new and created to solely to
ANNOY THE HELL OUT OF ME!

I have to say, I am honestly not a fan... Nope, not a fan!


Here are my thoughts: 


PART ONE:


The blurb catches my eye - I am hooked! I have to have that book! I can't think of anything else... I will do anything to get it!

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PART TWO:

Ahhhhh.... I have it! Yes! So exciting! I start reading - at warp speed, mind you...

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 PART THREE: 

 WAIT! WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED? *flips back...re-reads* Ok, yeah... WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?

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PART FOUR: 

Yeah, I will tell you what the fuck just happened, I have been screwed by the 
BOOK-WITH-NO-FUCKING-ENDING-FAIRY. 
 THAT'S WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED! 
 And let me tell you... she is pretty darn pleased with herself because she just got my $2.99 for that *whatever* THAT was... that was called a book...

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PART FIVE: 

 That bitch is pleased because she left me hanging just when it was getting good, so, just like a crackhead, I go clickety-click, right on back to Amazon... back for more, because that shit was good, right? The author had me... 
 HOOK. LINE. SINKER.
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PART SIX: 

 I'm so excited...do-dit-do-do-do... and I just cant hide it! I will definitely get some closure in this "episode," right?


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PART SEVEN: 

 AND SO IT GOES... FOR THE NEXT "EPISODE"... OR FIVE... UNTIL I FINALLY REALIZE:

 

PART EIGHT:


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 Yeah, did you get that? 

 You were WRONG! I was WRONG! Everyone was FUCKING WRONG! 
 YOU WILL NEVER GET CLOSURE!



PART NINE: 

 Yes, I walked into that trap again & again and right off the... Yeah... won't be falling into that trap again...


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PART TEN: 

 So, in case you didn't get it, e-serials drive me to madness.

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PART ELEVEN: 

 Oh, don't get me wrong; I have no problem with novellas... My problem is when a "book" stops in the middle of a story.... don't mistake my meaning... I am not referring to cliffhangers - I hate those too, but I can deal with that. When I get roped into a good story, with great characters and it  just


 

 PART TWELVE: 

 (SEE HOW ANNOYING THAT IS?

 ... stops in the middle with no resolution or solid character and/or plot development. DRIVES. ME. NUTS. Then there is the price. $2.99 for a few chapters and no ending? BULLOCKS! My thoughts are: 


1.) Don't be greedy. 
2.) Give me a finished product. 
3.) Wait until the darn BOOK is DONE! 
4.) Publish it.
5.) and if I liked it, I will be a customer and a fan for life.

6 comments:

Kylie Lacovich said...

I'm not a fan of the e-serial either. Novel series yes, but the annoying as hell chapter by chapter release no! I usually wait until all chapters are published and then read it all as a whole.

I ♥ Bookie Nookie said...

It drives me nuts! I read so much... It's hard for me to keep up with unfinished plots and characters I've hardly gotten to know.

preppea said...

Love the pictures - I feel your anger! ;)

I ♥ Bookie Nookie said...

lol... needless to say, don't ask me to review a serial unless you are presenting it as 1 book!

Red Iza said...

I got hooked too, once or twice, and it drove me nearly mad, they won't catch me again ! (Love your choice of pictures !)

I ♥ Bookie Nookie said...

Glad the pics provided some entertainment ;-) I wanted to add some humor to the madness!

An author friend saw this post and told me that publishers are pushing authors down the path of the "serial" books. I said that is fine, I will just boycott the books until they are published as one novel because I read so much there is absolutely NO WAY I can keep up with what is going on in a partial story.

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