As a reader, I love a long series of books with ongoing characters. Because you’ve already had a ‘history’ with the characters, it allows you to ‘drop back in on them’ later in time. You don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out their backstory or motivations, because you know them so well.
I started watching the first season of Castle on DVD. The series starts out with a mystery writer who has killed off his sleuth and is blocked creating his next character.
It made me wonder about authors who have long running series and write the character over and over again. Take one of my personal favorites: Jim Butcher. He writes an urban fantasy series about Harry Dresden, modern day wizard of Chicago. I love these books. He cannot write them fast enough to make me happy. When a new one is coming out, I go back and re read all the books in the series to get me warmed up for the new one. Do you see where I’m coming from? I love Harry Dresden. But maybe, Jim Butcher doesn’t. He’s written some other fantasy books that he pimps pretty regularly. I picked up the first trilogy and didn’t even get through the first two books. All I kept thinking was, “Butcher is wasting time writing this when he could’ve been cranking out a Harry Dresden book.”
So, maybe the creator is bored with his creation? Maybe it’s the human condition to always want something we don’t have. Maybe that’s why Madonna is always trying to act when what she’s good at is singing?
I don’t know. I guess I’d like to have the problem. I’d like to create a character so popular I can write book after book and have fans clamoring for more… Then maybe boredom would set in… Nah.
I hope I would be thanking my lucky stars, counting my advance and getting to work on the next in a long series that would make my readers happy.