Welcome to my new feature: Wish they Would/Wouldn’t Wednesday. This is where I’ll discuss issues that I wish authors would or wouldn’t do. This could include favorite styles, themes, genres, or pet peeves. And my first topic is………
I WISH THEY WOULDN’T: CREATE SERIES WITH NEW PROTAGONISTS FOR EACH BOOK
So we’ve all been there. We read a book and fall in love with not just the story, but the characters. Even if the plot wraps up in a satisfying way, you still crave more of the characters. And you’re in luck! It’s a series. HOWEVER, instead of focusing on these characters that you adore, a minor character from the first book takes center stage.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of series like this that I end up really enjoying, but each new book drives me a little bit crazy waiting for my old favorites to show up before I start to like the new characters. And even when I really get into the new protagonists, I still can’t get enough of the characters from the first installment. I wish these types of series at least included more of the previous primary characters in each new book.
Some examples of these series that I read and enjoyed, but was still annoyed with (click on the picture for summaries):
The O’Malley series by Dee Henderson
The Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey
Reviews: Shattered, Silenced
Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry
Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer
Reviews: Storm, Spark, Spirit, Secret
What do you think of series that change protagonists with each new book? Love them? Hate them? Read them, but are annoyed by them?