Milking That Cash Cow – Why We Need to Stop Complaining When Authors Write More in the Same World

Let us talk about something I have been guilty of as well in the past. Accusing authors of milking that cash cow when they announce they are writing more books in the same world. I often see the indignation when there are announcements.

While I browsed Twitter a few weeks ago I spotted that Ransom Riggs was going to continue writing in the world of Miss Peregrine. I imediately pulled a face, rolled my eyes and wondered if that was really nessecary. Cassandra Clare often gets more backlash about continuing to write in the Shadowhunter world and is often accused of not having any true creativity. Or my favorite, milking that cash cow. Some people really get angry.


Yet we beg Leigh Bardugo to continue to write in The Grisha verse. And we were all excited to hear that Maggie Stiefvater might be working on a Ronan centered trilogy. Let us also not forget Rick Riordan and his demigod universe that currently has 5 series and counting. And have you seen how long J.D. Robb’s In Death series is? I realized this when I got excited for these authors future works. How was that any different from Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Clare? Why is it okay for one author to do it but not the other author in our eyes? In my eyes sometimes too?

I think a lot has to do with how one feels about the book and the author. Let us be honest and say that Cassandra Clare has some negativity in her past that have made a lot of readers dislike her. I feel that a lot of that spurs a lot more negative comments to whatever she does, like continuing on with the Shadowhunter world. And if I look at myself as to why I pulled a face at the news of more books in the Miss Peregrine universe, I think it has to do with the fact that I was not hugely fond of the first book that I read and never continued on with the series. I couldn’t understand why there would be a need for more.

But just because I am done with a world doesn’t mean that other people have to feel the same way. Some of us can accuse authors of milking that cash cow, but often there are still plenty of readers that WANT to read more books in that world. Because they aren’t done with that world or those characters.

And hey, authors can write how many books they want with certain characters and in a certain world. Why shouldn’t they milk that cash cow if there are still readers that want to read and they still have all the ideas? It is their job. It is what pays their bills. When it comes down to it, authors will write what they want to write. And they have every right to do that up to a certain point (for example excluding harmful and offensive things).

We can all have an opinion on it. Sure. You might feel that a story is done but if the author doesn’t feel likeΒ  that (and perhaps others readers don’t either) then we have to accept that. But stop accusing certain authors of milking that cash cow and turn around and get excited about another author doing the exact same thing. I just don’t think it is fair to them.

13 thoughts on “Milking That Cash Cow – Why We Need to Stop Complaining When Authors Write More in the Same World

  1. I feel like you make a good point.

    I’m always a tad annoyed at Cassandra Clare, because she has like 5 series in one world. And I kind of don’t like that, but I also think that’s because I wasn’t a fan of The Mortal Instruments. I read the Infernal Devices and loved it. And I read the first 4 books of The Mortal Instruments. I just saw no need to make a 6-book series from what should’ve been a trilogy.

    It’s my opinion, obviously, as there are a lot of Cassandra Clare fans out there. What I found a tad annoying though is that you can’t read the series you want to read without spoiling yourself on others? Like, I wanted to read Lady Midnight, but then people kept saying I had to read City of Heavenly fire first because the characters also featured in that one? And I sat there thinking: “but I don’t want to read that one”.

    My point being: you’re right. We all love and want more books from the authors we love. I don’t love Cassandra Clare -and I didn’t love Miss Peregrine’s either- so I’m not really excited for more books from those worlds. We all are more accepting of the authors we love. I mean, Robin Hobb has several trilogies in one big series, and I don’t mind it there. Because I adore her writing.

    I also think writing all/most of your books in one world has its disadvantages. For example, what if I wanted to give Ransom Riggs another try with a different book? But I didn’t like the setting in Miss Peregrine’s so I’m not picking up anything in that series. Then I won’t read another one of his books, or give it a try.

    I hope I made sense? I’m so sorry for the long comment!

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    1. No that made sense. I agree that writing most of your books in one worlds does have its disadvantages. It is harder to get new fans because they tend to have to read so much before they get to the new releases. And others don’t feel like giving you another chance within the same setting.

      If you don’t intend to read city of heavenly fire (which wasn’t that great) then I’d just read Lady Midnight anyway. I’m sure you can find the story of the characters before Lady Midnight somewhere on the internet. πŸ™‚

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  2. Love this post! Well said and I love how you remain objective because you’re right (and not everyone often acknowledges it) that just because me or you or her doesn’t like the series, doesn’t mean there aren’t others out there who love it. It’s always easy to see things from our individual POVs but the world is wide, people (readers) are many and tastes are varied πŸ™‚ Again, love this post! πŸ™‚

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  3. Interesting post! It goes both ways with me as well. Sometimes I have enough of a certain world (Harry Potter for example) and then I don’t. I could always read about Robin Hobb’s Six Duchies, the Rain Wilds etc. Also, I am happy that Sanderson’s stories all take place in the same universe and some in the same world.
    It depends on how much I liked the stories in general and how much repetition there is. Sometimes I feel like authors could write better stories if they started something completely new instead of sticking to what they already established. And then sometimes the original books where so well done and had a great ending.. and there is no need to go back to it.

    But I would never accuse an author of anything. They can do whatever they want. I just won’t read it if I don’t like it πŸ˜‰

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  4. I think the whole Ransom Riggs thing is so they can make more movies. Ha ha. I think some books do come off better as movies. I love when an author writes in the same world if they keep it fresh with new places and characters like Bardugo, or like Maggie with Ronan, or the Noah POV from the Mara Dyer books; when they dig deeper into a character. I think fans start complaining if things get stale because they would rather their favorite be using that time for writing something new and fresh. You are right, though, the best way to send a message is to stop buying them. Great topic. πŸ™‚

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  5. This is definitely a double standard I recognise in myself. I’m absurdly excited to hear there’s another Deverry book in the works, and I’m always happy when Aliette de Bodard publishes a new Xuya universe story – but I do roll my eyes when I see shelves and shelves from a single author that I don’t care for. I think for me it’s partly about how the threads get picked up. I don’t mind more books exploring the same universe, but when authors write a big saving-the-world / averting-the-apocalypse book or series it does feel awkward when OH NOES, NOW THERE’S SOMETHING MORE AWFUL required to go again.

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  6. Hier kan ik mee bij aansluiten. Bij sommige series wil ik liefst dat ze blijven verlengd worden terwijl ik bij andere reeksen net denk dat het ondertussen wel goed is geweest. Het is echt een persoonlijk iets en niemand verplicht me gelukkig om die boeken tegen mijn zin te kopen. Je kan hetzelfde zeggen over de zoveelste detective-serie op tv. Daar kijk ik zelf niet zo graag naar maar detective-fans vinden dan waarschijnlijk weer dat er toch wel veel fantasy-reeksen worden uitgezonden. Zolang niemand me verplicht om iets tegen mijn zin te lezen of zien stoor ik me hier echt niet aan. Ik kijk er zelfs naar uit om nog heel lang in het gezelschap van Eve en Roarke te verkeren. πŸ˜‰

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