Instead, it's time for "Why I Love". This week's topic is....series or stand alone novels. Intriguing and important! While both have their positive and negative attributes, I have to give the honor to those novels that can stand alone. Those that don't depend on anything else to make them complete. Those that come full circle within the given pages. It's so satisfying in that respect.
Don't get me wrong, I love a series just as much as the next girl (Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, and Stephanie Plum to name a few), but there's something about a stand alone novel that pulls you in and keeps you there while satisfying you completely by the time you've finished. There is a sense of completion and a feeling of...zen...for lack of a better word. I like the fact that you don't have to wait impatiently (in my case) for the next portion to come out and there are no real cliffhangers, besides between chapters.
In fact, when I list out a few of my all-time favorite books, all of them are stand alone novels:
|Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind...I first read this in the 8th grade and, soon after, became obsessed with anything and everything having to do with the Civil War.|
|W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz ...I read this novel in an undergrad course taught by a great instructor (and mentor) named Kit Andrews. It's a brilliant novel with rare paragraph breaks and photographs throughout.|
Every single one is not part of a series. They're all epic in their own way and every single one has fully developed, complex characters that could easily fill a series but doesn't need to. So...three cheers for the stand alone novel!!!