Thursday, July 12, 2012
Apparently, according to Dear Author, stories can be told in serial form! I know! What a wacky, innovative, and new idea! (In all seriousness, Dear Author mentions that Dickens started out writing serials, so they know the score.)
It's other authors who believe they've stumbled upon a completely unique form of storytelling.
An editor from Tor.com explains:
“The Human Division will be an experiment: an episodic novel, released initially in digitial, serialized form. Currently the plan is to publish these episodes weekly in, roughly, December 2012 through February 2013. Like the episodes of a good high-end cable drama, each one will have enough internal integrity to work as an enjoyable chunk of story on its own, but each will advance a “season”-long storyline as well.
Yup. High-end cable drama. That is the ONLY genre of television that has ever told stories in serialized form. Can't think of any other ones....
Obviously, I'm being a tiny bit (okay, a lot) sarcastic. And obviously, I have a dog in the hunt. My novel, "Counterpoint: An Interactive Family Saga (Volume One)" is a romantic series. One in which the readers actually have a chance to vote on where the story will go next.
Based on the comments Dear Author received, readers aren't interested in series. They assert that they hate cliff-hangers and waiting to find out how the story ends.
I suspect these readers are not soap fans. So I put the question to you: How do you feel about serials in book form?
Let me know in the Comments below!
Posted by Alina Adams at 6:42 AM