Prequels, Sequels, and Companion Novels

Sometimes you don’t need a series, sometimes you don’t need a spin-off, but sometimes it can be nice to get a little extra something.

It’s not exactly the norm to have extra novels relating to a series, but it’s certainly not uncommon. Sometimes when a series is finished the author will release a prequel telling where a character came from, a bit more about the world, or why the villain became the villain. Sometimes they’ll release a collection of short stories set in the same world, or a novella that follows a side character so the readers can get a bigger look into their life.

If you love a series, it can definitely be nice to get a little extra when the main story is finished, or while you’re waiting for the next book. But again, we’re faced with the problem of getting too much of a good thing. Does that extra story add anything to the series? Or does it really just feel like extra?

A lot of times, how much you love the spin-offs will depend how much you loved the series. If you’re really attached to a particular character, especially if they’re not the main character, getting more of them in a side story where they are the main character can be great.

I’ve read spin-off series set in the same world as the original that I liked better than the main series, and I’ve read ones that felt like they didn’t really contribute much or live up to how much I enjoyed the main series. Reading is subjective, and, as long as it’s clear a story is a spin-off and not part of the main series, there’s nothing wrong with putting those extras out there for the readers that do want them and the readers that don’t can take a pass and wait for the next book.

Do you like getting extras for your favorite series?