I am somewhat suprised by the results of the poll. I guess it reflect the more mordern trends in today's literature, television, gaming, and film. Everything needs a sequel now, and days. I do not mind sequels, nor series, and actually read quite a bit of them in my regular reading. Issac Asimov, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Brian Jacques, Arthur Conan Doyle, Frank Herbert, Jack Whyte, Arthur C. Clarke, J.K. Rowling, Micheal Scott, to name a few, have all created some of my dearest literature pieces. That being said some of the greatest literary pieces ever written, or read by myself are stand alone pieces. Sometimes things are best left unsaid. Things are best left with intruigue. Pieces by the likes of Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, Shakespeare, Orwell, Twain, Dumas, Poe, Hugo, Bradbury, Verne, Melville, Lewis,, Tolkien, Asimov, to name some of my favorites, will stand for eternity. Poetry can also be included as stand alone pieces in which you have great poets the likes of Jack Kerouac, Khalil Gibran, D.H Lawrence, Pablo Neruda, to name a few of my favorites, have created stand alone masterpieces in peotry. So to resume what I am trying to say... Series are wonderful, but the true masterpieces are lone books who can inspire, confuse, question, frighten, amuse, and move you more than 2, 3, 4, books and more.
EDIT: I apologize if I sounded condesending. I just wanted to express that a well written stand alone book will over shadow any mediocre written series. And I encourage you all to explore the classics, cause they have stood the test of time. Quick example... Isaac Asimov wrote fantastic material 50-60 years ago. Even with advances in technology his material is even more astounding today then ever. Try the robot short stories, and if you really enjoy series try the Robot series, Empire Series, and the spectacular Foundation series.
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