Are You Willing to Commit to Long Series?
Kate Dacey (link no longer available) asks a question I find myself very much in sympathy with:
do I really want to spend my money on a series that spans 10, 20, or even 40 volumes if there might be a shorter, snazzier title waiting in the wings?
These days, I find myself losing interest even in series I’ve been enjoying around book six or eight. In the past, I collected longer series. Checking my database, I see that I loved Tramps Like Us through all of its 14 books, and Maison Ikkoku went 15 (although a few of those I thought were repetitive), and I still have Sensual Phrase‘s 18 books. I have hopes for Nana continuing beyond volume 21, once the author feels better, and I can’t wait for Hikaru no Go to complete in May with the next book, Volume 23 (but that became almost a different series around volume 14).
I would adore to see volume 18 and more in The Kindaichi Case Files, but that’s not very serialized; almost any volume can be read in any order. Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs has made it to 17, and that’s similarly episodic, plus: puppies! I hope to see more of that series, although since Volume 18 has no release date, that’s not a good sign. But Sgt. Frog I dropped a long while back (and I don’t even know how many books that’s going to be — it’s over 20 now). I’d forgotten about Tuxedo Gin‘s 15 volumes, but cute penguins apparently were enough for me back then (and it was a series both KC and I liked).
I still mean to reread all 18 entries in Naoki Urasawa’s Monster in order. Now that some of them are out of print, I won’t part with it, which brings up another point — it’s difficult for publishers to keep some of these longer series in print, so even if someone wants to start, getting all the volumes can be difficult.
Kate goes on to ask her readers’ opinions on four current long series she’s started. I’d do the same, but the only long series I’m reading right now is 20th Century Boys. I’ve read through 7, own through 12, and have decided to stop buying until I get caught up and decide if I want to continue. (I’m pretty sure I will — it’s good stuff.)
What lengthy series have you found worthwhile, or which would you recommend to readers?