Authors Adding More Books to “Finished” Work

This week I wanted to have a discussion about authors adding more work to their “finished” stories. If you don’t know what I’m talking about lemme offer up examples to help explain what I mean; so we had the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This book was a standalone then a few years later Jenny Han announces she’s writing two more sequels to the story and all of a sudden it becomes a trilogy. We have The Selection Trilogy that was of course three books until Keira Cass announced she was adding two more books to the series (The Heir and The Crown) and it became a quintet. And of course we have the Harry Potter series that was supposed to be 7 books until J. K. Rowling announced Cursed Child (the 8th story!), speaking of J.K.R. did you know the Fantastic Beasts movies that were supposed to be a trilogy will now be a series of 5 films. Ohh let’s not forget the A Court of Thorns and Roses series that was supposed to be a trilogy but will now be an 8 book series . Even the Throne of Glass series was supposedto be 5 books but is now 6. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.

I know as readers we often utter the statement, “It can’t be over already! I need more!”  but more often than not we don’t really mean it, do we?. I find myself getting frustrated by the authors who keep adding books to stories that clearly ended. I picture books like journeys and I mentally prepare myself to go on this journey that an author promised would be a specific length but then at the end of it they’re like oops I lied that wasn’t the end. In my mind I know I don’t have to read these new books but then I feel like I almost owe it to the original books I loved so much to read these new books the author puts out – it’s exhausting.

After all the ranting I realise something, the one thing I almost always forget – writing is an actual a job. Something most authors do to make a living and survive so if adding more work to a book that has a solid fanbase guarantees income why stop because of fear of judgement.

To be fair it may not even be about the money; the author may simply have more story in them than the original number of books promised so I also kinda understand adding more work to a series.


So what do you think:

Are you a the more the merrier kind of person?
Do you get frustrated when authors add books to what was perceived as finished work?
What do you think of Fantastic Beasts becoming a five-movie franchise? Overkill?

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9 thoughts on “Authors Adding More Books to “Finished” Work

  1. I personally think that each reader can “feel” if an author is adding more books for purely financial reasons (and, I might add, lack of fantasy) or if they do so because they genuinely have more stories to tell.
    I also think a distinction should be made between adding more to the original work or creating spin-offs (like Six of Crows for the Grisha trilogy or the still-secretive Ronan-based trilogy for Raven Cycle).
    In the case of Throne of Glass I believe Maas didn’t add a book just for the sake of it but because she realized she couldn’t make the whole story fit in five books, so I don’t see it as a problem.
    I don’t know some of the other books you mentioned, but if a lot of people perceived them as finished, I think it’s likely that the author did it mostly for financial reasons (which, as you said, is not a bad thing per se, since writing is how they make a living). If that happens I usually don’t keep buying those books.

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    1. I see what you mean, there is a huge difference between a continuation and a spin off. For Throne of Glass it’s a rare case were I think people actually liked the fact that the author added more books to the series.
      Thanks for commenting! You’ve actually given ME a lot to think about…

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  2. Great post! I’m a bit on the fence about this one – I like the idea that there’s more story than what’s been written, but I think for the most part, I prefer it unwritten? Like it’s why I tend to not read novellas or extras or anything like that. I AM excited about Always and Forever, Lara Jean though — I’m worried that it won’t be good, but I’m also curious. 😛

    RE: the money grab thing, that’s a good point that it’s an actual job. I think there’s this view that writing should be a “pure” thing, but I feel like it’s OK that it’s not always the case. Money is money, and if authors want to write more to make money, that’s their call – we as readers can choose to buy those books or not.

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    1. Yeah I get what you’re saying, I don’t even bother with novellas especially when I feel like it’s not critical to the main story.
      I feel like everyone wants this perception that authors write only for the love of it but yeah it’s an actual job and people should get that – so yeah like you said you don’t have to pick up the books if you don’t want to .

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  3. Great topic for discussion. I’m actually currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and quite disappointed by what I’m reading. I think it is written as a play, but still. I can’t help but think back at the other HP books she’s written and long for those. The Cursed Child reads a bit like fan fiction (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but that’s not what I’m used to from JK Rowling. I guess new material will always be hit or miss and they will find an audience somewhere. It’s all about choosing what you want to read and what you’d rather skip.

    Great blog by the way. Would you by any chance be interested in sharing your thoughts and opinions on Creators? I’d love to build up the novels/literature/books section on the platform, in case you’d be keen to share your work. Let me know if you’d be interesting in becoming a Creator. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail for more info. My contact details are on my blog.

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    1. Yeah, I felt the same about Cursed Child. I guess the only problem I had when writing this post was feeling like I HAD to read all these new books when – like you said – we have the choice on what we choose read.

      On Creaters, right now my plate is a little full so I’m not sure I’m at a good enough place to take on that responsibility. Thank you so much for the offer though, I’m honored you even considered me.

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  4. I like when authors add novellas and short stories and stuff like that, but often I find enough is enough.

    Take The Host by Stephenie Meyer. A second book is up for debate (I think) but I loved the way it ended! I was so satisfied and happy! A second book would be nice, to see these characters, but why drag it out? It would just ruin it for me.

    Kiera Cass’s The Election was one where I didn’t mind the extra two books. Granted, when I found out about the series, The last book (#5) had already come out.
    But while I liked the extra books, the first three were REALLY The Selection for me. The other two didn’t have the same vibe.

    …Kind of a long explanation of my feelings 😆…

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    1. No I totally get it! I guess it all comes down to how much you like that particular author and how much you love the original books. At the end of the day we just have to decide if we’re willing to spend money on the new books or just move on entirely.

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