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Your preference?

No problem starting unfinished series. If something awesome is available right now, why wait 2 or more years until it's complete? If I really liked it, I don't mind re-reading if necessary. Otherwise, it's simply a book out of the way.
6 (17.6%)
I prefer to wait until it is finished. I like to read a series in one go, so I stay fully immersed with the characters, plot and world. I don't like to wait for sequels and long waits are even worse. I feel I lose connection with the story.
8 (23.5%)
Both. I regularly read complete series, unfinished ones and newly released books. I read what grabs my attention at the moment. Sometimes I think if I read it now or wait. Depends on authors.
20 (58.8%)

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Offline Lanko

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Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« on: January 05, 2016, 04:58:04 PM »
Do you have a preference for this?

After ASOIAF, I'm being careful to not have more unfinished series sitting around, multiplying the feeling "No! When the sequels are coming out!" even if it just one year.

On another side, if I didn't read it because it was so far from being finished, I would have deeply regretted. But then again, I'm kinda new in fantasy. So I'm kinda torn between starting more unfinished series or just wait until it's completed, even if it means taking a lot of time to read something really good, but uninterrupted.

What about you? Are you waiting for multiple sequels? Do you remember them well? Do you reread? What do you do?

Option 1 --> The wait can also give huge expectations (hype?). I guess the longer it is, more awesome it can be if the book fulfills/surpasses your expectations or hugely disappointing as well.

Option 2 --> I guess this depends more on the author's speed. Too long and you probably will read it anyway, specially if everyone is saying it's awesome.

Option 3 --> I guess most of us do this, but is it balanced or you do one more than the other?

What about authors? Do you think they see an increase in sales of the first book when a series is completed because of people who wait until it's finished?
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 05:12:56 PM by Lanko »
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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2016, 05:25:47 PM »
Some books demand to be read! Stormlight and Kingkiller are two of them. I don't really stress over waiting on books, there are always others to read to fill my time. Stormlight I know we will get a book every 1 to 2 years, so not a big deal. Plus Sanderson will put out at least 2 book between those on other series, so it all works out.

The third book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, however, has been making me quite impatient.

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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 05:55:50 PM »
It really depends on how fast the books come out.  If someone, like Sanderson for example, has a history of putting out books frequently without too much of a delay I have no problems starting the series and waiting for the sequels to come out.  For my favorite authors I don't want to wait a year or two to read their new series, I want it now.

Where I draw the line is with excessive waits.  Martin and Rothfuss fall into these categories (and sadly Lynch might be heading that direction as well for me).  Unfortunately for this you sometimes don't know about the writer's speed when you first start the series so you may be left in limbo for awhile. 

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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2016, 05:57:11 PM »
I prefer to wait, or read older series already finished, but since joining F-F I've been reading more first books, especially when they're from relatively new authors.
I've learnt how sales from that first book are essential to their contract continuation, so I try to support that effort.

Examples off the top of my head are Peter Newman's Vagrant and Rebeca Levene's Smiler's Fair, and I don't mind waiting for their next books because they do work well as standalones.
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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2016, 06:14:43 PM »
I prefer to wait, or read older series already finished, but since joining F-F I've been reading more first books, especially when they're from relatively new authors.
I've learnt how sales from that first book are essential to their contract continuation, so I try to support that effort.

That is something I keep in mind as well.  Plus with a new author on the scene you would think they couldn't delay too much as they aren't as secure as a more established author would be.

Offline CaitSpivey

Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2016, 06:42:36 PM »
I'll read whatever catches my interest or whatever I happen to find in the bookstore, haha. By pure chance, a lot of the book ones I picked up in the last year were to finished or older series--specifically Dragon Keeper of Robin Hobb's Rain Wilds Chronicles and NK Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I did just get the sequel to Django Wexler's The Thousand Names, and I'm excited to read book two of that!

I'm also a fantasy author, and it warms my heart to see readers who are aware of how important first-book sales are to the continuation of a series. <3 I'm lucky to be with a small publisher that won't drop me if my book doesn't do well immediately, though of course we all hope it will. But this isn't true of everyone, and not everyone can turn to self-publishing if their sequels don't get optioned by publishers.

On my novella ebook series, which has three out right now, I have seen a small bump in sales for book one when the second and third came out...but that might have been because I made it free, haha.
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Offline Yora

Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2016, 06:44:14 PM »
I pretty much never get intersted in any fiction before it has gathered a considerable amount of praise and the test of time has proven that it's exceptional and not something that is quickly forgotten. Not as some kind of snobbery, but it's simply that I get curious when I see a work regularly mentioned in positive ways over a longer period of time. So many things get hyped before and during released and many end up being immediately forgotten, but when the praise keeps coming I eventually get curious what all the comotion is about.

With unfinished series nobody actually knows if the overall thing is great or not. When a story spends 90% of it's length setting up lots of great mysteries but the final 10% turn out to be banal and unsatisfying answers to them, then the story as a whole ends up being a disappointment. One bad book does not necessarily make all the previous books bad retroactively, but when the other books in the series where exciting to read primarily or only because the mystery was intriguing then a bad ending ruins the thing as a whole. Just look at the TV shows Lost and Heroes. During the early episodes they were praised as the greatest things ever and then people realized that it's never going anywhere.

To get me to read a series, I need to see reviews of the whole series. Praise for the first or second book is not enough to make me care.
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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2016, 07:05:35 PM »
I'm just like you, Lanko. ASOIAF did the same thing to me. I will only read a series or trilogy that's finished (excluding anything Robin Hobb writes, although I do wait until each trilogy she writes is finished before I start it). Maybe this will change in the future when I start running out of things to read.

As far as ASOIAF goes, I feel like when TWoW is released, I will have lost touch with the rest of the series. I'm a daily Redditor and I see people discussing theories and characters that I can barely remember. I'd rather that not happen. So, I'll only read a finished series/trilogy.

Offline DrNefario

Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016, 07:19:26 PM »
I feel like my life would be poorer if I had not read any of ASOIAF or any Pat Rothfuss.

It can be frustrating to wait for the next episode, but there are plenty of other books I can be getting on with.

If those series were never finished, or went horribly off the rails, I'd still be pretty happy with what I did get.

Offline ultamentkiller

Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2016, 10:32:10 PM »
I'll read whatever catches my eye. I have no problem if it's a complete series or not. I love speculating within the fandoms about what's going to happen next. I love being able to reread a book in a series and say, "Yeah, I remember what point I was in my life then." And, when you're reading a series over time, I feel a deeper attachment to the characters. With something that's complete, I'll most likely never reread it. But with unfinished works, I can look forward to going back, and the characters stick in my mind.

Offline Revan

Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2016, 11:57:45 PM »
I started reading fantasy with A Song of Ice and Fire and The Kingskiller Chronicles. Now, a few years later, I am still waiting.

So, not a big fan of starting series that won't be finished for another 2 decades. Which is why I have avoided Lynch and Bakker so far. And the Stormlight Archive.

On the other side, I don't mind sagas that are going on but that you have pretty much a guaranteed book every year or so. Like the Expanse from Abraham and Franck. Or everything Joe Abercrombie writes.

But, if I know that the saga won't be finished for an another decade or two, it is very likely that I will look for other books. Especially where there are so many great books right there which I have yet to read. On the other side, if I know that it will finish in the next 5 years or so, it won't be a problem to start it.

PS: The other problem is that some series might start brilliantly and then quickly turn out to shit. Like Raven's Shadow. I heard a lot of praise for Blood Song and when I read it, I said that the praise was really fair. Definitely loved it. Then the sequel was just okay, but the third book, the conclusion, was a total abomination. So, reading finished sagas help on that aspect. If you know that a saga goes to shit, then no point reading it even if it has a great start.
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Offline CryptofCthulhu

Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2016, 11:21:45 AM »
I just started ASoIaF a couple months ago because I was putting off watching any of the Game of Thrones TV shows after the first season. I've finished the second book and then watched the second season.
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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2016, 11:44:45 AM »
I don't mind starting an unfinished series. I primarily read for entertainment (like everyone else?) so if the first book fails I just won't pick up the second.

One thing I quite like is what Mark Lawrence has in his books where there's a summary of the previous novel.

In twenty years time when ASOIAF 6 is out I would probably veer towards reading a plot summary of the previous books rather than re-read them.

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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2016, 11:53:29 PM »
There was a point where I said I wouldn't start unfinished series, but it didn't last very long. That's possibly partly because as a reader of fantasy I wouldn't read much current stuff if I only went for standalone and completed series. What bugs me is if I happen to come across the 2nd or 3rd book in a series and it interests me, then I can't find the first one.
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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2016, 11:47:54 AM »
I actually only read finished stuff and that's not just reading either. I will watch TV Shows as series and movie trilogies(or more-ogies) once they're all done and not before.


The only exception being things that are basically ongoing indefinitely, such as sitcoms.


Thing is, my interests grasp almost all media and there's a lot of finished stuff so I see no reason to start something I can't finish if I so wish.


Things also tend to finish while I finish the finished stuff and then I can move on and finish the newly finished things while yet more things finish themselves. Ouroboros.


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