I don't often read book series. But I hear that they sell pretty well--meaning a lot of people DO read them.
One of the things I've been thinking about lately is the idea of mysteries. It seems like the popular mystery stories tend to come in the series form. Nancy Drew. Hardy Boys. Hank the Cowdog. Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. Boxcar Children.
So, I'm not very familiar with all the adult mysteries other than those involving Ranger Pigeon, but it seems like mysteries tend to have one distinct character who goes around solving new mysteries throughout many books.
I would love to have a full set of books with a loveable character that people want to follow around on several different adventures, but I'm not sure my mind works that way. Maybe I just haven't taken the right classes or read the right books to know how to write that way, but I tend to think more along the lines of one book for one character who has one BIG story to tell.
I'm trying to do my research by reading these mysteries...but I've already given up on the park ranger who solves murder mysteries in the wilderness (which by the way should be right up my alley), so how could I stay enthralled with someone for multiple books? Maybe it would be different if they were my own creation...
What are your thoughts about series? Do you read them? Do you write them?