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When was the last time you heard of a book being released in serialization?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (25799 points ) October 2nd, 2011

I can’t recall in my lifetime of hearing that a single book was being released serially. However, a small publisher is doing just that with a book by a very well known artist here in Hawai’i. This beautiful book has the story of two goddesses of these islands told with simple words and adorned with exciting woodblock prints.

Have you heard of a book being serialized in the past 10, 20 or even 50 years?

Why I feel like I need to add this, I don’t know, but I do not work for the publisher. This is not spam. I want to know about the history of serialization in the second half of the twentieth century up to the present.

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zenvelo's avatar

Harry Potter series.
Twilight series.
The Game of Thrones series (which is under a different name but I just know the first book.)
Hunger Games trilogy.

Serialization is pretty common.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@zenvelo : Those are examples of multiple books in a series. What I’m talking about is a single book being serialized as was often done in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in magazines.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

1996 The Green Mile, Steven King.

I heard him say he was going to do that more often, but that is the only one I clearly remember.

filmfann's avatar

The Green Mile.
Also, the Bonfire of the Vanities.

lillycoyote's avatar

Yes, I was going to mention The Green Mile, but, @Imadethisupwithnoforethought got there first. I also believe King’s Firestarter was first serialized in OMNI magazine. There are some others that I can remember, but not remember clearly enough to give you the details. I remember reading another novel, a science fiction novel, serialized in OMNI and it is right on the tip of my mind.

And @filmfann has weighed in, yes, Bonfire of the Vanities too, I had forgotten.

ddude1116's avatar

I thought of The Green Mile, as well, but this also occurs with graphic novels. I wait until the volume collections myself, but I believe it still goes on.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

oh no @lillycoyote I don’t mean to beat you. I am just trying to save your talents for the really tough questions I can’t help on. People need you free for those.

zenvelo's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Sorry to misunderstand your question.

Boy’s Life magazine (the magazine of the Boy Scouts) used to serialize some youth fiction. Some of the Danny Dunn books were serialized there.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@zenvelo : I used to get “Boy’s Life”. That’s a fun memory.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Personally, never. I think that would drive me crazy.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought LOL. Thanks, dear. It’s nice to know that I can rest up and save my strength, now that I know that you going to take care of the little things. :-)

dabbler's avatar

Bonfire of the Vanities was serialized in RollingStone Magazine.
That was 25 years or so ago

Seek's avatar

Michael Moorcock’s “Elric” series got started in Sci-Fi magazines, then was compiled into several different formats until finally being released as the seven volume novel series.

I have three different releases of those books, and in each one he’s changed the order of the stories a little, or changed details within the stories, in order to make it a little more coherent.

In the magazines, Elric was more of a recurring character that had all sorts of awesome adventures. When he went novel, all of a sudden there had to be a timeline and things had to make sense. It took a little doing, but it’s great now.

Happily, he’s started writing Elric again! I just scored a copy of “The Skrayling Tree” (my spelling might be wrong). I can’t read it yet, because “The Dreamthief’s Daughter” comes before between “Elric at the End of Time” and “The Skrayling Tree”, so I’m stuck until I can find it.

downtide's avatar

This one

It was published in 2006, 10 parts. I’ve read it, it’s a steampunk-style fantasy, really good.

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