You might have encountered this new trend that seems to be spreading recently, namely that a story is told in several shorter instalments. These are not “series” in the classic sense of the term, where the individual books were full-length 300 or more pages long, no in these new episode-novels the individual instalments are between 25-120 pages usually and end with (often cruel) cliffhangers to entice the reader to pick up the next instalment.
Many recent erotica stories used this form like Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine series or Maya Cross’ brand new Alpha Group books, and even Eloisa James released her latest historical romance With This Kiss in this format.
Many readers object to this new trend because 1) the story or the different storylines don’t get resolved at the end of the individual episodes, 2) they have to suffer through a nail-biting cliffhanger until they are able to see what happens next, 3) they have to wait in best case scenarios just weeks, in worst case scenarios months or even longer between the different instalments, and 4) the price of the whole story when the different instalments are added up is higher than a single book would usually cost.
So far I have only read one episode novel, Eloisa James’ With This Kiss for review, so I was in the very privileged position of not having had to wait weeks between the release of the three stories and I could read them all in one sitting (which believe me I did because those last scenes had me clicking on the “Next” button faster than a mouse amped up on Ecstasy… ;-)). As I mentioned it to others and in my reviews, I don’t encourage anyone to start the story without all instalment being made available, otherwise it would be torture being left in story-limbo for weeks.
So I’m curious,
Have you read some of these episode novels released in instalments? Which ones?
How did you like this format?
Was it torture having to wait weeks/months before you could read what happened next or you didn’t really mind?
Are you for or against this new publishing format?
Would you ever try it or would you wait until all the parts are released before starting reading the series?