Dear YA authors,
I graduated from middle grade fiction a long time ago. Hardly knowing what was to become of me, I left the world of short, heartwarming stories about orphans and cats behind and invaded the unknown land of death, kissing, and trilogies. I used to bemoan the absence of books over 300 pages, but now the shelves are chock full of long books. Not only that, but no author stops at a single book– they always write at least three books per series. I thought that was great.
At least, until I realized I wanted something else.
Series are great. It’s always nice to follow the same characters through a few books, watching them as they grow over time. Trilogies likewise. Trilogies have a distinct format that makes it enjoyable to see two opponents fight each other for three books in a row. It’s a great feeling, when you reach the end, to know that the main characters have finally won out against all odds. They can finally live. Regardless of the predictability of a trilogy– with its charming first book, its slightly sagging sequel, and its dark and bloody finale– a trilogy makes a nice, tight boxed set that looks great on any bookshelf.
But after a while, trilogies get tiring, don’t you think? Continue reading “Dear YA Authors”