I love the idea of duologies because the story still seems fresh even after reading them. Certain series and trilogies are amazing no matter how many books, but in other cases the story just seems to go on forever. In certain cases, the books even become redundant. And it may sound similar to my "that one book that lags" comment, but it's not. I know this one series (I won't mention names) that just kept throwing new enemies and new heroes and new problems into the mix, just so the series would continue on. At first I continued reading it, eagerly anticipating each and every book. Then again, I was only ten at the time and didn't know better.
As much as I love books' worlds, you can't stay in them forever. Duologies give the perfect amount of time to meet the characters, decide if you hate or love them, learn about the world, meet the bad guys, destroy the bad guys (or die trying, if applicable), and (hopefully) live happily ever after. Short and sweet without being too short. A "Mama Bear" amount, if you will. Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small, but just right. You get to dip your feet in, even wade into the series' depths, and not worry about drowning. Sometimes I feel obligated to finish a series, even if I feel like it could be wrapped up already; other times I can't even finish a series because that one book just lagged a bit too much. Either way, both of those (the sense of obligation and lagging story) can make me feel like I'm drowning in words.
The only duologies I can think of are the following:
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
What do you think? Do you want to see more duologies in the future?