What is your favorite book in the series? Do you like the beginning when your being introduced to the characters your going to journey with, or do you enjoy the ending when events are finally taking place? I haven’t asked recently, but it seems like a lot of people like the last book just because they can finally figure out what is going on. The first book is too laden with introductions and the second book always has the middle book blues with no clear beginning or ending.
I’m one of those strange people who actually like the beginning.
Why? do you ask.
It’s really quite simple, to be honest. I love being introduced to the new characters. I can meet them as they are with no stress and conflict. These are the people that I’ll be taking a journey with. This is who they are before all the darkness clouds over them. In The Lord of the Rings, we meet Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin in The Shire. This is the place where they grew up and fell in love with. And when trouble comes to greet them, we can appreciate the sacrifice their going through because they want to protect the Shire. If Tolkien had started their journeys as well as the others in the thick of destroying the one ring, I don’t think I would have cared as much.
Of course, not all series start so tranquil. In The Hunger Games, we find Katniss breaking the law to feed her family and worrying about what will happen later in the square. We are made to think, how horrible. Why hasn’t anyone hasn’t anyone done anything yet? And when she rushes out to save her sister, we pump our fists and say, yes! Let’s do this!
These are the moments that make me pick up the first book in the series. I want to know who they are and why they chose to go on these often perilous journeys. When I pick up the first book, I think, yes, this is why they’re doing the things they’re doing.
Obviously, other sides of our characters are revealed with each book. We see them grow bigger or smaller with their experiences, sometimes even harder or softer or more kind. We might even see another side to them that we wouldn’t have known initially. But we wouldn’t have known these things if they hadn’t made the choice to go and do something about the problem they were faced in the beginning. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have a series to begin with.