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Serial Novels -- your opinions, please.

Updated on December 18, 2012

Here's one example

The serialization of Robert B. Lowe's book is in progress. Read it for free at
The serialization of Robert B. Lowe's book is in progress. Read it for free at | Source

Serial Novels?

They've been around for eons.

Usually the mention of the topic brings to mind Dickens, Stephen King, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Serial movies captivated audiences in years past. (Think Captain Marvel.)

Now, even Amazon is into serial novels.

Well, would you -- or not?

Would you consider getting involved with reading a serial novel (free on the publisher's web site)?

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Yes, I would be interested.

My choice of frequency is:

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How good is the story?

Certainly, the quality of the writing, the ability of the author to captivate the readers and get them to return for the next episode is not only important, it's critical to the success of the serial.

When Jaws first came out in theaters back in the seventies, the audiences loved it. It is still a favorite.

Steven Spielberg has pointed out recently that contemporary audiences would likely not respond as well as those in the seventies. Why? Twenty minutes of screen time elapses before the second shark attack. Today's audiences won't tolerate that kind of wait.

Now, back to the serial novel.

What about today's readers? Will readers in the 21st century be as demanding of authors?

Please see the next poll.

How far are you willing to go to reach the decision point?

If you begin a serial novel, regardless of the frequency and assuming it's your preferred genre, how quickly must the author draw you in before you click on another topic?

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      I'm not 100% sure I'm on the same page as you, but if I am: Don't we already have many examples of that happening right now? Having said that, for...say...comic books, I will wait for the entire story to be completed and then find the trade paperback collection.