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Offline Phoenix

Series length?
« on: May 05, 2016, 01:21:56 PM »
So I'm planning on having a book series but I don't how many books should be in the series. Is it possible to have to many or not enough? Whats a good number of books to have in a series?
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Offline CryptofCthulhu

Re: Series length?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2016, 02:05:57 PM »
However many you need to tell the story.

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Re: Series length?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2016, 02:13:33 PM »
Write the book first, then decide.

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Re: Series length?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2016, 03:26:56 PM »
What everyone else said.

However, if you really absolutely must have a target to aim for, it's hard to go wrong with a trilogy.
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Offline ultamentkiller

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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2016, 03:52:07 PM »
I agree with all three posts above!

Offline JRTroughton

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2016, 06:55:31 PM »
7.

No more, no less.

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Re: Series length?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2016, 02:22:06 PM »
7.

No more, no less.

6 seasons and a movie is also acceptable.

Offline jefGoelz

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2016, 11:12:32 PM »
I'd be disinclined to start a series that was more than 4-5 novels, unless I had heard great things about it, and the first few pages were really interesting.

I've heard that the worst number is two, if you must go beyond one novel.

Some writers do make a distinction between a series, which are common in Detective stories where the MC solves different mysteries in each book, and a trilogy, tetralogy, etc, which have one overarching plot line.

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Offline night_wrtr

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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2016, 03:26:43 PM »
Write the book first, then decide.

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Offline zmunkz

Re: Series length?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2016, 10:47:08 PM »
Write the book first, then decide.
If you haven't finished other books before, then this is absolutely the best advice you can take to heart. Writing a book with intertwining sub-plots and foreshadowing and engaging character arcs and all that is hard, and the complexity goes up ten-fold for a series of any length.

Here is Brandon Sanderson answering this question:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5hGItqfM34&feature=youtu.be&t=6m40s
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Offline SarahW

Re: Series length?
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2016, 09:15:26 PM »
Well using serialization as an example (a book series is just macro serialization), as long as it takes to finish the book for the serial. Therefore as long as it takes to finish the series.

The way I structure my series is a collection of first person short stories.