Courtesy of I Love a Good Mystery...
Name 3 of your favorite series.
I can only pick three?? The three that pop to mind first are the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr, the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, and the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich. But then I get to thinking about it, and I want to add the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, the Seven Brides series by Leigh Greenwood, and the Princess series by Meg Cabot. I'm not very good at narrowing things, obviously.
Name 3 series you think went on too long.
The Wheel of Time series, for sure! Robert Jordan has written a detailed and elaborate story, but even his most diehard fans are convinced he's just going to drag this out until he's about 147 for either the money, the hype or the annoyance factor. It's a great fantasy series, and the only one I've EVER liked, but his wordpadding is getting old.
The other two I would question are the Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum series. Now, don't get me wrong...I love them both. But. They are both becoming formulaic, or relying purely on sex or shock value to sell books. I just wonder where the logical conclusion to both characters lie, and how they are going to get there without being totally stale. But hey, they sell tons of books, so I guess they can continue forever if they like...
Name 3 books you wish had been series.
Hrm...this is a really hard. Most of my favorite books really *are* stand-alone titles, and I think if the characters were to continue, it would water the impact of the original story. I mean, how do you continue The Lovely Bones, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Probable Future, The Da Vinci Code, My Sister's Keeper? You can't.
(Granted, TDVC was a looooose continuation of Angels and Demons, but not really.)
I'm going to have to think some more about this answer and get back to you...