Series seem to have taken over YA. Even books that weren't meant to have sequels now have them! Melina Marchetta revisited the characters from Saving Francesca and Gayle Forman is writing a sequel to If I stay, set 5 years in the future. Not that I'm complaining, far from it. I adored The Piper's Son and I can't wait to read Where She Went.
As a reader I'm all for it. I love series and I love revisiting the same characters. As an aspiring writer, the rise of the series has me intrigued. Every bit of advice I've read says the same thing - Finish your book and, while you query it, start something new. But NOT the second book of a series.
And yet there are a lot of debut authors whose books are the first in series. Off the top of my head.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Demons Lexicon by Sarah Ress Brennan
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Parnormacley By Kristen White
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
The Line by Terri Hall
Even Nathan Bransford (who has his finger on the pulse is anyone does) is busy working on the sequel, to his not yet published book, Jacob Wonderbar.
So are series the new Vampires?
What do you guys think? And do you love series or prefer stand alones?