Two different kinds -companion spinoff or same world new characters
Dana: There tend to be spin-offs where it has a character you know and love from the old series or same world new batch of characters. I haven't read many of the latter so I have to say that I prefer reading books that have a character I know. I feel like the transition is a bit easier if I know the character and what they have been through.
Example: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Spin-off of The Covenant series)
Rachel: I've seen two main types of spin-offs. One takes place in the same world or with the same concept (ex. Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter World) while the other is a companion spin-off like Bloodlines (spin-off of Vampire Academy) in which one of the side characters gets his or her own book/series. I don't mind reading either.
Favorite series that have spin-offs
Dana: I am a huge fan of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and I have to say that I love the spin-off just as much as the original series. I think this has do with the fact that the main series characters do make appearances throughout it. I loved Vampire Academy and I never wanted it to end.
Example: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rachel: I'm an avid Cassandra Clare fan. Her books brought me into the YA realm, she's one of my favorites! I adore her original series The Mortal Instruments, and I equally love her spin-off The Infernal Devices.
Dana: When you love a series so much the idea of the main character that you love not narrating the book is scary. It is really hard to let go and move on with new characters. It is hard with the companion series because you know that your favorite characters are out there, but they just aren't narrating this book which is a hard thing to deal with for me. I have issues with mainly letting go of the voice of the story. This can be said for loosing Rose and having Sydney narrate in Bloodlines.
Example: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Rachel: I feel this hesitation all the time. What if I don't like the new main character? What if it isn't as good as the first series? Or worse: What if it's better than the original?!
What series do you wish had a spin-off? Or character to have a spin-off book?
Dana: I WANT A HUNGER GAMES SPIN-OFF! I want a prequel series that explains how Panem got that way or at least a story about the revolution that caused the "destruction" of district 13. I have always been curious and I just want to know what really happened.
Rachel: I don't really hope for spin-offs of books I read. While I don't mind spin-offs, I prefer fresh and new ideas. I feel like spin-offs are another way of continuing the story. Just end it and try something new!! If I had to choose, I'd want a spin-off for the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo centered around Nikolai or one for Roar from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
General thoughts and opinions
Dana: I SAY YES TO SPIN-OFFS! I have read quite a few spin-off books and so far I have enjoyed all of them. I think if every single series had a spin-off that would be hella annoying and I would be extremely frustrated, but so far I am really loving this trend. If you love a world and a set of characters then why not read more of it.
Rachel: I say "Okay" to spin-offs. I've read some good ones, I've read some not-so-good ones. I'd much rather see an author develop a whole new idea instead of clinging to a past success. Move on, go forth, conquer!!
What are your thoughts on love triangles? What are your favorites/least favorites? What series would you want a spin-off for?