Series have been on my mind, lately. Nathan Bransford calls series a tricky beast in the debut querier. As you guys know, I know nothing about the NY publishing world. But I have noticed certain things about readers, though, and I wonder if they’ll transfer (should I get the opportunity).
Lots of readers love series.
I never thought to ask myself why--perhaps the most important question to ask--until a reader asked if a novella I’d written (to start a new series) had been inspired by another series. I’d heard of this other series, but his world had taken on such a cult classic sort of life that I didn’t even know there were books, LOL. Just thought it was a Dungeons & Dragons sort of thing or something (evidently there are books for that, too).
So I investigated it and was amazed at the lengths readers had taken to live in this fictional world, the lengths they had gone to immerse themselves in this world, the fact that this series--crafted, er, a tad, er, um, not-so-greatly--has been inspiring new readers, fan fiction, and countless websites for forty years!
We hear a lot about creating great characters, but I think it’s more than a great character and a funny sidekick. It’s the world. The trick is to create a world that makes you just wish, with all your heart, that you could live there, visit there, escape there.
One of my readers wrote that she wished she could visit this little place I’d created, and I wrote back that it had been my fervent dream for many, many years.
So as I’m thinking of building a world for November (don’t remind me that it’s only ONE DAY AWAY!), I don’t want interesting, clever rules.
I want to find a world my heart aches for.
What do you think? Ever read a series that made you wish you could pack up and move there? What hooks you most in a series? Character or World? Or a combination?