marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

reading series in order

I've recently read two series.  One of them I read in order.  One of them I didn't; not too badly out of order, but out of order.  It did not benefit from it.

Pondering reading in order.  It can be a pain, rounding up the stories in the right order.  OTOH, I find that the series that are most harmed by it -- are the better series.  You have foreshadowing, arcs, hints that are picked up later; development; and real changes.  That's what makes it better.  It also means that you are giving more weight to the hints than they needed in their context (since they will grow more important), and that you already know some of the development and changes.

It's not always immensely harmed, but it's there.

Anyone else have the same experience?

Tags: aesthetics, reading, series, writing technique

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