The Discussing Hufflepuff #5: ‘ANOTHER book set in that world?’

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! Can you believe it’s Christmas already tomorrow? I’ve got a Christmas post coming up tomorrow, but today it’s time for another Discussing Hufflepuff. Today I want to talk about something that has been annoying me for a while now.

Next year Lady Midnight is coming out, another book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Chain of Gold, also a Shadowhunters book, will hopefully be released in 2017. The Hidden Oracle, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series The Trials of Apollo, will also be released in 2016. Now you may think: Michelle, where are you going with this? What do these books have in common?

All these books get comments, mainly on Goodreads, along these lines: ‘ANOTHER Shadowhunter book?’ ‘ANOTHER mythology book?’ ‘Can’t they write something else?’ and the infamous ‘they’re doing it for the money!’.

This really annoys me. You don’tย have to read these, you know. A lot of us, including me, are very excited about these new series. Why does it bother you so much? The authors, and the fans, are not ready to let go of these worlds yet. They still have many stories they want to tell, they find themย fun to write, and most of us find them fun to read, so what’s the big deal? Yes, they can write something else. And they have. Rick Riordan has written non-mythology books. Cassandra Clare is writing The Magisterium series with Holly Black. But if they hadn’t, what does it matter? They’re doing what they love, I say let them. As someone who loves to write, I’m sure not going to criticise them.

Also, how many people complained about Blood of Olympus? When I finished it, I figured there was going to be another series. I mean, spoiler: Apollo went missing for crying out loud. Uncle Rick couldn’t just leave it at that. I’m not remembering this wrong am I? I didn’t make this up myself, right?ย There were things left unresolved, and many more things we complained about that I won’t specify here to avoid spoilers, but if you’ve read Blood of Olympus and you’re part of the fandom, you probably know what I’m talking about. It sounds like all our complaints will be resolved in this new series, so why are we complaining? (when I say we, I’m obviously not including myself. I’m not complaining. I’M HELLA EXCITED. Remind me to never use ‘hella’ again please)

But what even irks me more, is that when authorsย don’tย write another series set in the same world, people also complain (okay I’m guilty of this one). We whine and whine that there’s no book series about the Marauders. If J.K. Rowling announced that series today, wouldย anyone say ‘another Harry Potter book’? And if afterwards she announced a series about the Founders, would anyone say it then? No, forget I asked that. Probably someone will. My point is, we oftenย wantย more series set in these worlds. We’re often not ready to let go. And again, if you are ready, you don’t have to read this new series! No one will point a gun to your head and force you to (I hope).

And ‘they’re doing it for the money’? UM. IT’S THEIR JOB. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE NEED MONEY TO SURVIVE. THEY NEED TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND BUY FOOD. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO WRITE WHEN THEY’RE DEAD BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF FOOD. Guys, I would KILL (okay, maybe notย kill) to be able to write for a living. I know a lot of us are. They’re writing something they love, and they’re being paid that way. If a chef makesย another pasta, will you go ‘NOT ANOTHER PASTA. CAN’T YOU COOK SOMETHING ELSE FOR A CHANGE?’ Please stop criticising authors for writing several books/series set in the same world. Unless there’s a really good reason to do so! If there is, please let me know.

So what do you think? If you disagree with me, let me know! I’m really curious to find out more about the other side of this ‘debate’. AND WHO’S ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THE HIDDEN ORACLE, LADY MIDNIGHT AND CHAIN OF GOLD?

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31 thoughts on “The Discussing Hufflepuff #5: ‘ANOTHER book set in that world?’

  1. I completely agree on this! It’s like a favorite food- say, ice cream. Just because you’ve tried all the traditional flavors, like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and neopolitan, doesn’t mean you won’t want to try something new! It does matter how many times you eat those old flavors, they’re not getting any different. But no one ever objects to a new flavor (if they do, well.), right? GIMME MORE MR AND MRS AUTHORS I NEED IT!!!
    -Amy

  2. Sometimes I am that person that wants the author to write something different, but most of the time I want more background about their series. And, yes, of course authors are writing for money, what else would they write for? I feel that J.K. Rowling should write more in the Harry Potter world, but some other children’s and YA fantasy too, because IS SHE GOOD AT IT OR WHAT?

  3. I completely and utterly agree with this. At first, when I started reading this post and had only gotten through the first paragraph, I was about to hit the exit button until my fingers bled because of how much that was angering me. But then I saw that you, like me, were completely excited for these new series and found these people annoying and rude. Jeez, just reading those book series’ titles made me want to squeal and giggle like the fangirl I am. I’m glad someone understands what it’s like to be an author who just wants to write and not be judged for it, as well as a reader who defends their favorite book series and authors with their flaming keyboard-sword and all caps armor (okay, just picture that in your mind and tell me that doesn’t look like the greatest geek-warrior).

    • Haha plot twist! :P I’d probably be the same way if I was reading this haha. If it’s only one person and it happens occasionally, I wouldn’t bother writing a post about it, but it happens A LOT and a lot of people seem to feel this way (thankfully it’s still a minority though!). Right?! I’m SO excited for all of these! I just need them in my hands RIGHT NOW! I WANT A FLAMING KEYBOARD-SWORD AND ALL CAPS ARMOR NOW. Is it to late to change my wish list for Santa? :P

  4. MICHELLE! This discussion topic is absolutely fantastic. I completely agree with every point you made. I find it absolutely ridiculous that people complain about authors writing multiple books/series in the same world. How is that “doing it just for the money”? I thinking of it as an author further delving and exploring the world they have created, and discovering more of the details that make the world intricate and amazing.
    I will forever be throwing this post at everyone’s face, because it is marvellous. And MERRY CHRISTMAS. *hugs*

    • I’M SO HAPPY YOU AGREE AND LIKE THIS POST JOSIE <3 I was a bit nervous how people would react, so I'm really happy <3 Yes EXACTLY. They have many more stories to tell in that world they created, and most of us are jumping up and down from excitement to read them ๐Ÿ˜Š HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT CHRISTMAS *hug*

  5. Ugh, I feel you on this so hard! I’ve actually ranted to my non-bookish family members about this before because I think it’s so ridiculous. I am BEYOND excited for anything new that Cassie Clare writes in the Shadowhunter universe because she’s built this fantastic world. So what annoys me is when I already see negative reviews of the book in Goodreads. It’s like “uh excuse me? Did you get an arc somehow and are you sharing your opinion of the words written on the page?” No! Great discussion point and Happy Holidays, Michelle!

  6. Great discussion! I have to say, sometimes I’m part of these people who are getting annoyed when authors are just staying in a world for too long. But, after reading your opinion on this, I have to say that you’re right. In another way, it’s great because there are worlds that have just SO many possibilities, so why not explore them to the fullest?! This really is something that should be done, regardless of what people think. And sure, they need the money, like we all do, but if they’re writing about a world they, and we, readers, love, then WHY STOP?
    Merry Christmas Michelle!!!! :D

  7. I totally agree with you, I never understand why does it matter to people so much? if it seems too much for you, then you are not obligated to read it. Also, think about the fact that these authors put so much thought in the worlds they built, why would they simply put them aside? like, thosee worlds are incredible! I’m very excited for many of the books coming oout next year, and i’m very thankful to those writers, because they keep my hopes alive.
    Have a great holiday! :3

    • Yeah exactly! If you don’t want to read it, don’t! I completely agree with you, those worlds must have taken so much work to create; if they want to tell more stories about them, that’s totally okay! Same! :D I can’t wait to read them <3 Hope you had a great Christmas :)

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  9. As long as there is a story to tell, then by all means share it. I love series more than stand-alone books, simply because I feel attached to characters and the world they are in. I think authors invest even more time and energy in world building that they also grow attached to it and see its potential to keep growing. So yeah, definitely nothing wrong with another book!

    I think complaints sometimes stemmed out of feelings of dissatisfaction from earlier books, but like you said they are not pressuring you to buy it xD

    • Haha yeah, if you didn’t like the previous book, I can imagine you’re bit annoyed that they’re writing another book about that world :P Same! I have such a hard time letting go of the characters and their world. I just want more!

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