There is often a form of pressure when writing a book. In particular, which intrigues me, is the pressure for writers to adhere to writing just the one book. It appears as though the criteria to write a series of books is growing ever smaller…
In particular, agents and publishers often request that the story you send them stands well as a stand-alone, but has series potential. But, with a series deal only being granted to best-selling books (in particular, crime novels), is it possible to write a series of novels? A trilogy, perhaps?
A trilogy, in my eyes, seems more feasible. Should a series often be granted, it’s often encouraged that the story arc is resolved in the third book through a trilogy. If anything, it works well with film too (most notably The Hobbit films, working well as a trilogy despite the two-part book series). The only ever exception has often been stand-alone detective novels, where reading in order isn’t necessarily required.
However, there have been a few exceptions where there has been more than three books where the story continues throughout. Most notably is that of the Twilight series, as well as other YA and children novels. If anything, there doesn’t appear to be any large collections with books that see the book plot stretch longer than three books, not even in adult genres.
But I may be wrong! Are you reading any books at the moment where the novels stretch out into more than a trilogy? Maybe you’re an author writing a book, and are thinking about fleshing the story out into a series? Will you make yours a trilogy or longer? Comment below!