Last week, I posted on my blog about serials and series and serialized novels. I thought it might be fun this week to see if any of the people drawn by the spotlight had opinions on this topic!
So far, it seems like a continuum to me: at one end, you have old-fashioned serials, which encompass many, many plotlines and have no anticipated ending. These show up in soap operas, and comics, and quite a bit of web and newspaper fiction. Ongoing personal blogs are basically serial memoirs, by the way, although usually with less drama than your average old-fashioned serial.
Somewhere in the middle, you have series stories. Each story has a beginning, middle and an end, but the characters and setting carry over between stories, usually growing as the series progresses.
Then at the far end are serialized novels: novels written in advance and published one chapter at a time, in order to delight, torment or otherwise utilize an audience. They've got a beginning and an end, and when they're done, they're done.
What I've found out through digging around on the web is that a lot of people have a lot of opinions about what works best as webfiction. Of course, tastes vary, but I'm curious what Crowdfunding's new (and old) readers think. What kind of stories do you prefer in your web reading?
For myself, while I find the ongoing drama of a serial addictive, it doesn't satisfy me as much as a finished story. I probably fall somewhere in the middle, because I place a lot of weight on solid endings to stories. But I also like to return to the settings and characters I love.