Friday, July 2, 2010

When Does An Author Go Too Far?

Have you ever read a book/series that was phenomenal and then for some reason instead of ending it, the author pulls out another book and you're left wondering "OMG. They should have stopped with the last one" I have no problem with reading series that have umpteen books as long as they're relevant and obviously well written. I see no sense in spitting out books just for the sake of it when it affects the integrity of the story being told. Readers, and I'm sure authors, all mourn when their favorite characters finally come to the end of their journey (see how I stressed that?) and I'm the first to admit that I wish stories could go on forever but stories do in fact have an end. It's a natural step. It offers completion. If the story still has more to say, more to add that enhances the story, then I'm the first one in line BEGGING for more. I've read series that the author has stopped where they could have written so much more (and fans have begged for it) and those series where readers are become turned off. I can see that it's a fine line between when to end and going too far and it's the question most on my mind tonight.
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 As you can see if you look at my latest review, I just finished reading "The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner" by Stephenie Meyer. To me, this is a classic example of where the author should have stopped at the end of the Twilight series. I know I'm probably in the minority but I really didn't think the novella added anything. Sure it gave a glimpse into a character that played a VERY small role in Eclipse and it's always interesting to learn more but I guess for me, the only way it would have been a good move was if it had been written better. I saw the sense in writing another book to the series from Edward's point of view because I felt it would add to the experience, him being a primary character but Bree? I think the author went too far, especially when it didn't pack the same kind of punch as the previous books. I know this may seem harsh and no doubt I may be the only one who thinks this, but books are meant to mean something, not be something that just takes up shelf space or exists just because it can. But having said that, I can only imagine the worry that goes through authors minds when they wonder if they should write just one more book and I wish there was an easier way to know. Again, it's a very fine line and unfortunately one that you don't know you've crossed until you've done it. I don't know, it's something that I have conflicting opinions on because there are so many different things to take into consideration but still it's something that I wonder. Not sure if that makes sense but that's just my thoughts at the moment.

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