(theme): a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc.,
This is a topic that I could probably talk forever on. It’s just so important in a book! Not only the theme, as in the moral of the story, but a theme throughout a series. The moral of the story is really important. Not just because we should be learning how to be good people from these books but it really finishes off a book. Once you get to the climax of the book things can go pretty fast but you need to resolve all the issues in the book. That leads to the theme. This is something I’m pretty sure everyone was taught in 6th grade English or something.
But what REALLY impresses me is when an author writes more than one series but uses the same world and some characters. Kinda of like there’s the same theme in all the books. A fantastic example is Kelley Armstrong. This is probably why she’s my favourite author. She has two young adult series called Darkness Rising Trilogy and the Darkest Powers Trilogy. These trilogies are pretty popular but what people don’t see is they’re actually set in the same world. There’s an adult series called Women of the Otherworld that is the main book in that world and that ties them all together. It’s actually pretty amazing. The characters and the stories are completely different but if you’ve read all three series you can see the little things from the other books. I absolutely LOVE that. Some people think it means and author is lazy and doesn’t want to think up another story but when it’s done subtlety and well, it’s amazing.
There’s a difference between continuing on a series forever and continuing on a world through other books.
Here are some more examples:
- Darkness Rising Trilogy, Darkest Powers Trilogy, Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong
- The Study Trilogy and the Glass Trilogy by Maria V. Snyder
- The Mortal Instruments Series and The Infernal Devices Trilogy