Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars premiered on Monday night. Naturally, I was psyched. As you all probably know from my excessive amount of gushing, I am a huge fan of the show (and an even bigger fan of the books!)
Ashamed as I am to admit this, I actually started watching the TV show before I finished reading the series (I know, I know…terrible). After just one episode, I became completely engrossed in the world of our favorite four liars. I immediately picked up the first book in the series and quickly made my way through the eight books.
I also looked forward to the show each week and really appreciated and respected the fact that the show pretty closely followed the books storylines, minus the physical descriptions of the main characters. Now that the show is back, I’m excited to see where they take this season. I have a feeling after the first episode that this season won’t as closely follow the books, so it will be interesting to see how the story pans out on the small screen.
However, the TV show isn’t the main point of this post.
Did you know that Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars series, is planning on writing four more Pretty Little Liars books?
I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand, YAY. I loved this series, loved the characters, and would really enjoy seeing them develop even more. Shepard certainly left the eighth book open to interpretation, and open to adding more books to the series.
On the other hand, I was satisfied with the ending of the eighth book and was ready to say farewell to our four pretty little liars. In fact, after the fourth book (which seemed like the logical place to end with the girls figuring out who A really was) the series kind of took on a life of its own that I thought kind of dragged on too long.
Additionally, the MediaBistro article mentions that four books will be added to the series because, “the ABC Family adaptation “has been a ratings success and renewed interest in the books.” Something about this sentence doesn’t sit well with me. Adding more books because of the success of the TV show?
I think it’s WONDERFUL that the TV show clearly turned a whole new market of young adults and adults alike onto this series. However, there are eight books in the series. Seems like enough to satisfy someone who is new to the series, or was introduced to the series because of the show. And for the people who already read and loved the series? We have the show to remind us of how great the books were, and we have new Sara Shepard books, like THE LYING GAME to give us our Shepard fix. In my opinion, adding four more books is not the answer.
Still, I love Sara Shepard and her writing (Just finished THE LYING GAME which was incredible; review coming tomorrow) so I’ll absolutely support her and read the next four books. The ninth book in the Pretty Little Liars series is called TWISTED and will come out on July 5, 2011.
What do you think? Should Shepard have put an end to the series at eight books, or are you looking forward to four more? Do you like the TV show?