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What's a Serial and Why Would I Read One?
by Susan Kaye Quinn, author of the urban fantasy serial, Debt Collector
A serial is a series of episodes - or short stories - that are connected to
tell a larger story.
Must Read TV
Serials are actually a lot like a TV series, which themselves vary a lot in
type. Series like Law and Order and House are more self-contained, with only a
few character storylines carrying over from episode to episode.
Series like Lost or Heroes would be difficult to watch out of order because the
storylines carry more strongly, sometimes with cliffhangers, sometimes not.
Some readers like the week-by-week suspense of Must Watch TV; others would
rather wait until the season is done and get it from netflix so they can watch
it back-to-back. Likewise, some readers enjoy the suspense of reading a serial
episode-by-episode as they're released. Others would rather wait until the
entire serial is complete and read it all at once. Either is fine!