The Allure of the Series by Marie Treanor
Hello everyone, and thank you, Larissa, for having me back in your bookish life! This a pretty exciting time for me, because ten days from now sees the release of BLOOD ETERNAL, the finale of my Awakened by Blood vampire romance/urban fantasy trilogy. Naturally this is occupying my mind somewhat! So, following my custom of blogging about whatever’s in my head at the time, I thought I’d talk about series books.
If you’re anything like me, you love series books, where you can delve back into familiar yet still intriguing worlds almost as if you’re going home. In a series we have time to watch characters grow, to feel as if they’re old friends, and because of that, it can make our empathy with them that bit stronger. And I think that’s true whether the series follows the same main character, or switches to a minor character from a previous book as the hero/heroine of the next. We learn more about them in each book and are drawn more deeply into their lives and into their world.
Of course, there can be the odd drawback. Sometimes, there’s a feeling that a series might have gone on too long – true of tv series as well! – and you think maybe the author should have known when to leave it alone. Well, if sales are good, her readers are clamoring for more, and her publisher’s happy, why shouldn’t she write more of the series? And then, there’s the other point. If it’s hard for a reader to say goodbye to a series, how hard is it for the author who’s lived in that world with these people so intensely for even longer? Their story must be moving on in her head, and it’s only natural to write it.
Yes, you’re right, I’m speaking from experience . I deliberately planned Awakened by Blood as a trilogy – BLOOD ON SILK, BLOOD SIN and BLOOD ETERNAL – because it seemed to fit the story in my head about a mortal woman’s love for the Ancient vampire she accidentally awakened. One book didn’t seem enough for the development of such a complex relationship, or for my vampire hero’s effect on the world. (And perhaps I was thinking too that three books shouldn’t give anyone time to get tired of the series!). But in three, I could develop my world, my conflicts and my relationships more satisfyingly; I could tie up my story nicely, bring everything together for a climactic ending,
and move on.
Well, my ending didn’t quite play out as I’d intended when I first began, because my characters wouldn’t do exactly as I told them - and quite right too! – but I think I still brought it all to a satisfying conclusion. What I didn’t bargain on was the difficulty of letting go.
My world, my characters, had grown, often in unexpected ways, as I wrote the trilogy. By the time I finished BLOOD ETERNAL, I cared massively not just for the apparently doomed love of Elizabeth and Saloman, but for the lives and happiness of all my characters. I wanted to follow everyone, know what happened next in their lives – and in some cases I do. I won’t talk about Elizabeth or Saloman, or their changing world, in case I spoil BLOOD ETERNAL for you. But I will say that in the future, some of my hunters find unexpected love. Some of my fiercest vampires discover they’re not as immune as they thought they were to certain humans who crossed their paths during the trilogy. And there are some unlikely alliances against some unexpected villains.
All this I know in my head. I haven’t told their stories because I’m involved with others now. I may never write them, but like old friends, I think of them, accompany them through the next stages of their lives, just so that I don’t miss them too much.
What about you? Do you like to follow series? Why, or why not? I’d love to know!
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