Tansy Rayner Roberts is the author of many award-winning fantasy novels and short stories including the recent Ink Black Magic. She is co-host of two podcasts: Galactic Suburbia and Verity! You can follow her on Twitter at @tansyrr or check out her crazy space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers on her blog. To support Tansy and her space musketeers via Patreon, visit http://www.patreon.com/musketeerspace.
I’ve always been a sucker for a serialised story. I only had to catch an episode of a soap opera on a sick day to be hopelessly following it for months or years afterwards. I stuck with comics I loved long after the creative team had moved on, just because I needed to know what happened to the characters next.
Then there’s the pre-20th century publishing tradition of the serialised novels, which has always fascinated me ever since I read about Jo March writing melodramatic serials for the newspapers she published with and for her sisters. (Little Women itself was published as a serial when it first came out for real.) We might not be able to read these as anything but entire novels now, but the idea of a story written on the fly, so to speak, is quite compelling even if it leads to structural oddities.