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How much of a series complete-ist are you? Do you read all the novellas? Do you read all of the books within your favorite series' universe?
I love to complete series. There I said it. Have I finished every series I have ever started? No. Do I intend to finish all the series that I have started (and enjoyed at least the first book)? Yes. I have a bit of a problem. After I have read a certain number of books in a series, I feel like I have put in too much effort to stop reading the series. I need to know how everything works out, and I don't want to just find out via Wikipedia.
In the past, my series completionist attitude hasn't been too much of a problem. Most series tend to taper out after three or four books, most after six books or so; however, with the dawn of the e-book, there appears to have been a surge in novellas and short stories related to all of my favorites series. I am quite happy that more authors have the opportunity to publish their novellas and short stories with advent of e-books. I am sure that publishers aren't racing to publish a single short story or novella, so I am over the moon that my favorite authors are able to publish that alternative endings to books, short scenes that were cut out of the book, scenes from different character's POVs, and stories that fill the gap between books. I am also happy that I can get short stories while I am anxiously awaiting the next book in a series. At the same time, I am starting to get a little overwhelmed by all stories. I feel obliged to read all of the short stories and novellas that I can get my hands on. I feel hesitant to check off a series until I have finished every single story in a universe. For example, last year, I finished up the His Dark Materials trilogy, but I haven't checked the series off as complete, because I have yet to read Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North, which are two short stories that take place in the His Dark Materials' universe. I can't seem to stop myself.
With His Dark Materials, it isn't too bad, because there are just two books (okay, there are rumors of a third book too), but current series have even more short stories and novellas. For example, the Expanse series by James SA Corey got extended from a trilogy to a longer series. In the book deal, there was also an agreement for a certain number of novellas as well (I think two, but I may be wrong). The novellas are becoming a package deal with these series. Again, I really do enjoy a lot of these novellas and short stories. It is just as a series completionist, I have a hard time getting all the books read. I am feeling like I need to be more wary of starting new series. They are just tiring me out a bit.
Do you feel the need to read all of the books in the series or are you able to stop? Can you stop after the penultimate book? Do you need to read all of the short stories and novellas? Do you avoid series just to stay away from the insanity?