So, Daniel Greene (a fast-growing YouTuber – check him out) posted a video a couple of days ago called Post Series Depression and he mentioned something that I wanted to talk about.
There are people who read Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings trilogy and then never read anything else.
I know some people who only read stuff that relates to Tolkien’s Legendarium, because nothing else will be quite like it.
Granted, you can spend a lifetime reading and rereading and studying Tolkien’s works. Many have done it, many still do. However, there is so much more out there to explore!
If we stay on the Tolkien example, moving on to The Wheel of Time is a perfect step, or even Earthsea is similar (especially to The Hobbit). These books would add so much to the reader’s experience, and even enhance the rereading of Tolkien’s works because of the greater knowledge of the genre the reader would gain.
I strongly believe that being involved in fandoms and talking about your favourite series is a good thing. I really do. But there are other books, other stories, that do things differently but also can be very similar.
I might have never stopped reading Harry Potter. I was obsessed, but then I was on holiday at about 10 years old and picked up Priestess in the White by Trudi Canavan. Probably a little mature in some of the content for someone of that age but I loved the book, and I devoured the trilogy. I then moved onto reading everything else she had written, and after that I went searching for new and exciting worlds to read about.
My point with my personal example is that even branching out to one more series, or standalone, just one, might make you want to keep reading new things and keep the spark for stories alive.
There is nothing wrong with loving The Lord of the Rings and obsessing over the intricacies for the rest of your life, but you will be missing out on decades of incredible stories.