Hello guys! This post idea literally came to me yesterday while I was finishing off reading Rebel of the Sands. At the moment when I realised that it wasn’t going to be a standalone.
I’m going to be focusing really on YA fantasy then contemporary as contemporaries seem to be mostly standalones which is understandable. But the amount of YA fantasy standalones are close to zilch.
I understand that many story arcs need multiple books to develop a story and its characters and so on and so forth. But sometimes it isn’t needed. Sometimes the story arc and the arcs of the characters can be wrapped up in one book. Rebel of the Sands could of been wrapped up in one book and I find it frustrating that the story line is being dragged out for too long.
I’m not accusing any one book of doing this, but sometimes I feel that the publishers are tagging onto this trilogy hype just to extract more money from the original material. I’ve heard many people talk about trilogies where the fist book that absolutely loved, while the second and third were disappointments. Some of these trilogies might be the victims of publisher greed.
There was one fantasy standalone that got considerable hype which was Soundless by Richelle Mead. This fantasy book was considered so special because it was a standalone (and it dealt within Chinese mythology I think) but when the reviews came in, they were pretty mixed. Many of the meh to negative reviews talked about how the pacing was whack and how a hundred more pages would of made the ending more satisfying. I have not read this book and I don’t plan on doing so. All I know is that writers might be scared now of just making their fantasy stories one book.
As a bibliophile, I do love series. I love knowing that I can continue on reading in that particular world or seeing familiar characters again and having a satisfying, epic ending. But I also love just wrapping up a story in one book and having the ‘freedom’ I guess to venture into another one. Though this book isn’t necessarily YA Fantasy, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a great example of how a book with a great arc and great characters can wrap its self up nicely.
So how do you feel about the dwindling amount of YA Fantasy Standalones? Do you like trilogies so much that you don’t really care? Or are you just in the middle? Comment below and let’s get this discussion going!
I’ll write soon.