Originally Posted by Hellmark
I stopped reading the charlaine Harris books for that reason. The only book series i have enjoyed all the way through were planned fully from start to finish. Harry Potter and Dresden Files come to mind. Those have a known lifespan. We know in advance the Xth book will be the final. When things are open ended, that's when things get formulaic
Right on. As for Dresden Files, I do not mind at all that the series got a little longer than originally planned - by a few books more or less. Even both Harrys (Potter and Dresden) change throughout the series and evolve as do all the other characters involved.