Wanted: Stand-alones

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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Have you noticed how most of the books out recently are part of a series? So many are part of trilogies, and some are even part of sagas with an indeterminate number of sequels (4, 5, 6 and COUNTING!) While that’s great for getting MOAR of the worlds I love, it wreaks terrible havoc on my TBR pile – read one and suddenly you’ve got anywhere from 2 to 10 more books to add to your MUST READ list, and it becomes impossible to catch up! It’s certainly possible to write a sci-fi/fantasy novel without making it a series. In fact, some of my all-time favorites are stand-alones! The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, Dragonhaven, Stardust, and The Night Circus all wrap up their tales within a single book, leaving just enough ends to keep your imagination working on overtime afterward. Let’s get a few more of these singletons – I want some books without strings ahem, sequels attached!

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10 Responses to “Wanted: Stand-alones”

  1. 2 of my favorite stand-alones – Ready Player One and The Scorpio Races.

  2. Stormy says:

    One of my pet peeves is when authors and publishers intentionally drag a story out to make it in to more books. There are SOME stories that require trilogies or series, but at other times I feel tricked into picking up the next book when it’s a chronologically linear story that could easy be in the same book. It seems so hard to find good stand-alones!

    • Anne says:

      Oh I know right? Or the ones that drag it out through 3-4 books when one of the books really wouldn’t be necessary – I couldn’t tell you the number of series I’ve read where NOTHING HAPPENS in the second book, and it totally could have been skipped! So frustrating!

  3. YES! I love a good standalone novel. I mean, I love series books, but it can be hard work keeping track of all of the ones I’m reading! I love it when I finish a standalone book and can say, “Yes! That was great! And now I am finished!” Sometimes it can be such a commitment to start a series.

    And I agree with Stormy’s comment — I hate it when an author intentionally draaaaaags out a series. There are times when the middle book in a trilogy is just filler. I mean, why can’t an author write one LONG book, instead of breaking out the story in three parts? Is a long book so bad in YA?

    Great topic!

    • Anne says:

      Apparently publishers have this idea that YA has to be short cause teens have ZERO attention span, which may be true, BUT if the story is good enough, then they wouldn’t need the attention span, right? I mean, *I* have the attention span of a bunny rabbit unless I really try, and reading is fun, so I DON’T try. Make the story good enough, and your readers will WANT to finish it!

  4. ALexa says:

    Oh gosh this has gotten out of control in recent years. I swear everything, especially in the YA genre, is part of a series. I can’t pick something up without having to purchase so many other books to understand the series as a whole. Sometimes worlds or characters need to have one book and one story that is all.
    Good luck on finding some stand alones :)

    • Anne says:

      It’s like there’s some secret marketing ploy to force you to spend more money to get a story – used to be $5 could get you a paperback and a WHOLE story! Now it’s at least $9 for paperbacks, and it takes 3 to get the whole thing – $24 in all! That’s FIVE TIMES inflation! GRRRRRRR!!!

      Thanks! Any more and you NEED luck to find them! :)

  5. […] Wednesday (2/13) I begged authors to write more stand-alones. […]

  6. Briana says:

    Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a standalone! I just read it, and I loved it. It has books, technology, secret societies–so basically lots of great things.

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