Friday, March 28, 2008

Late Friday Afternoon Thoughts

I just read that NBC is developing a show that is a modern day take on King David. Uh, what? The show is going to be called Kings. How in the world are they going to work this out? I definitely think David's life is full of soapy goodness, but the whole present day thing? Not so sure about that. Thoughts?

Secondly, I'd like to address book series. I, for one, am a fan of book series. I like continuing story lines and revisiting characters. Has anyone else noticed that this is not much of a trend in Christian fiction? Series are at best three books long. I bring this up because I read Camy Tang's sushi series will only have three books but she will be writing a novella for the fourth cousin, Jen, exclusively for her newsletter subscribers (you should sign up now! She also has a huge contest going on!) This is a huge bummer! Additionally, I remember thinking Susan May Warren's Team Hope series could have gone on at least one more book if not two, and finally Julie Lessman told me that generally the publishers just like to do three book series. The only exception to this rule that I can think of is Karen Kingsbury who will have written essentially 14 books on the Baxters when all is said and done but they will have been broken up into three series.

So what you all? Yay or nay on book series? What can we do to get more?


Megan said...

Chronicles of Narnia may be the best you can get. And really I wouldn't complain about that. :)

I don't like series with many more than three books because you start hearing buzz about the 10th book or something and then you have to go track the rest of them down. But that's just me.

I think that more authors should do like Karen Kingsbury did/does and have books that stay with one family or group of people but is broken up into smaller series.

What are you such a fan of long series?? Is it because you hate saying goodbye to characters you love?

Amy said...

It's not so much that series have to be long, (though I've loved some long series in the thriller/suspense/crime solving genre) as that I hate the stories that aren't getting told because a three book series is a little easier to sell than a four or five book series.

Carole said...

I enjoy series very much, Amy. In Christian fiction, series seem to involve different family members or friends - whereas in the mystery genre, series develop the same characters.

I especially enjoy mystery series where there's character development through the years. Some of my favorite authors are Elizabeth George, M. C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, and Ed McBain.

Amy said...

Carole, you make a good point. I wonder why Christian fiction doesn't allow for the development of one character?

I love Elizabeth George's series. I haven't read the others you mentioned, so I think I will have to check them out!

Megan said...

Maybe there just needs to be a Christian murder mystery detective out there, what do you think?

Amy said...


You may be right! :)

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