I stated reading a new book this morning - Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue. It's the first of (to date) three books in the October Daye series. Although I knew going in that the series currently totalled three books, I have no idea how many books the author has planned for the series. And I'm wondering whether that should worry me. I've read all over the blogosphere of bloggers who won't start reading a series 'until the author has finished it'. Is that because they don't want the wait between books or because they want to know what they are getting themselves into? How committed does a reader have to be when starting a book?
A good example would be JD Robb's In Death series. I started reading it knowing there were over 20 books in the series (although now there are over 30 - JD Robb is very prolific :) At the time the sheer number of books in the series didn't bother me, but I was only just discovering the various genres and the online blogs, and my TBR list had yet to spiral out of control. Would I start it now? I don't know. I've never picked up a Sherrilyn Kenyon book (apart from Night Play, which I read because I wanted to read about a heroine that wasn't a size zero). I've heard lots of people rave about the series, but...for me there are just too many books. And this isn't a conversation about standalone books and series - that's (hopefully) later this week *grin* but more about how many books (in a series) are too many? When does the size of a series start to impede your desire to read it?
So, I guess the question I'm asking is not 'how long is a piece of string?' but...'how long should a piece of string be?'.