I’m going to be totally honest here….
I… I just don’t understand them.
It’s like.. how the HECK can you read a standalone and get anything out of it? DO you even get anything out of it for that matter? It’s like, as soon as you start it, it ends…. All of my books (that I’ve written so far) are ALL series of 3 books and up. Maybe i’m just being a total weirdo, the black sheep, or quite possibly, the pink and glittery Llama.
Nah. I don’t think so.
My (Many) Problems with Standalones:
1. Poof. They’re over before they even start. The two characters you’ve been waiting to squish faces finally kiss, the world explodes, etc. But.. then what? Nothing. Nada. You wanna know why? Because #standalones
2. No chance to develop relationships. Me? I have to fall in love with my characters. I. NEED. IT. In fact, because if I don’t feel anything for the characters, there really is no point in reading it IMO…
3. No book depression. Okay, it’s not like I want to go through book depression but I’d rather that, than not experience any type of feels. Know what I mean?
4. Plot development? This speaks for itself. There is just not a lot of chances for plot development here , in my most humble opinion….
5. The Good ‘Ol Romancing. I’m an unashamed romance junkie. I like to see how the romance grows and deepens between the two characters. I just feel that in standalones, you never have time to appreciate the LURVE between the two characters to the max.
6. Lastly, a standalone doesn’t give enough room for character growth. I mean, at the end, there is a process where the characters learns his or her lesson but it doesn’t give me the same feeling as when a character I’ve been following for a while (series) finally overcomes his/her challenge. I like to experience the entire journey of my best book friends, instead of passing through it briefly in one book. See what I mean?
Since I kinda totally don’t want this post to be all about #howIdespisestandalones, I thought I would add in a positive thing about them.
- No cliffhangers. Okay, the worst thing about reading a book in a series, is when ends with half the story missing. So, now you’re forced to wait until the next book in the series comes out. I kind of love the fact that standalones don’t have cliffhangers. When it’s done, it’s done. No wait necessary.
So, standalones aren’t ALL that bad…
And yes, I only found one thing about standalones that I actually liked.
Don’t hate me.
I am super anxious to hear what you guys have to say concerning standalones? Do you think I’m being totally irrational? Or do you think standalones are the best think EVA? And OMG, my job interview in Washington D.C. is less than 2 weeks away!! *SQUEEE*