Thursday News: Is the serial revival around the corner? Or a gimmick with a limited life span?
One thing that the mainstream rise of fan fiction may have an impact on is how stories are told. Fan fiction is almost always told in serial fashion with writers uploading a section or chapter at a time. Wikipedia says that serialized novels gained prominence in the Victorian period and Dickens is probably the best known serialized author.
One author who is burning up the charts is self published author Sara Fawkes whose series “Anything He Wants” sells on Amazon for .99, $2.99, and $2.99 for the published versions so far for a total of 111 pages of fiction. Serials can build anticipation and lead to increased word of mouth. The pricing for serials, however, is problematic. Even Fawkes’ fans are chafing about the wait and the price. Says Gina D on Amazon “I guess I wouldn’t be as annoyed if they were all out but I hate waiting. plus 2.99 is a little much for a quarter of a book, .99 cents probably would be more appropriate.” The first entry is #20 in the Kindle store, the second is #63, and the third is #79. It’s hard to say whether Fawkes will lose readership and part of the problem may be the lack of defined schedule.
But Fawkes isn’t the only one thinking serial these days. Take a look at the following three news items.