Why do authors, nowadays, write so many books about the same characters?

I am talking about really long book series such as Harry Potter.

I believe that such book series merely indicate that the author only had one good idea and is struggling to milk it dry just to make some extra money out of it. And not even all are as succesful as Ms. Rowling.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Mike Hammer, & a thousand others do it with varying degrees of success.

    I think the 2nd or 3rd book they are able to flesh out the characters but by the 9 or 10 or 20th they are milking it knowing they have their own batch of fans willing to buy it.

  • 8 years ago

    No, some authors have planned for it to be a 'bid idea', and it ends up needing to be split into multiple books so it's cheaper for people to buy and easier for publishers to print.

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