Is it me, or have duologies suddenly become a thing? Whilst trilogies and longer series have always been very popular, two-book series aren’t something I’d really come across until recently, certainly not in traditionally series-led genres like YA and Fantasy. In fact, I’d never even heard the word ‘duology’ until recently, and now I’m seeing them all over the place!
The first one I can remember reading was Leigh Bardugo’s incredible Six of Crows duology back in December 2016/January 2017. I had assumed the books were the first two in what would eventually be a trilogy when I began reading Six of Crows, and so when I finished Crooked Kingdom and realised it was the end, I had mixed feelings.
I was upset because I wouldn’t get more of the characters I had come to love, but at the same time, it felt like the story was as long as it needed to be. Often I find with trilogies, the second book can fall a bit flat because it doesn’t have any of the excitement of being the start or the end, and with a duology, you don’t get that. You go straight from the first book where you’re like ‘ah! I love this new world/set of characters/story!’ to the second book where you’re like, ‘ah! I’m going to find out how it all ends!’
I think that with longer series there is always going to be one book you didn’t enjoy as much as the others, or that feels like it was just treading water, whereas a duology, in series terms, is quite short and sweet. Its just a book and its sequel, with the first book introducing the characters and the story, and the second book wrapping it all up. In short, I love duologies!
However, I’m wondering if I missed something? Have duologies always been a thing and I just didn’t notice? Or has there actually been a huge rise in the amount of them around, especially in the YA genre?
For example, here’s just a few examples of YA duologies I have either read or know of: The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, The Flame In The Mist/Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh, Wintersong/Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones, This Savage Song/Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman, Strange the Dreamer/Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, Passenger/Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken…and so many more!
So what do you think about duologies? Do you like them, or do you prefer the classic trilogy, or a longer series? And have you noticed a huge rise in them recently, or have I just not noticed that duologies have been a thing since forever?