still even with Patterson you have to change it up.... or sit there waiting for him to finish another book. Like I am waiting for Karen Moning to finish her Fae Fever series.. a year I have to wait, a f'in year to find out what happens next. What I liked about James Michener is he put a series in one book so when it was out you didn't have to wait for the nex book. I got tired of waiting for J.K.Rowling - it was like "what do you mean you got sick and couldn't write?" arg
As of July 2009, there are 17 completed novels in the Anita Blake series, plus a few published short stories and some comic books.
Laurel had Anita some pure chick until she makes it with a vampire in like book 6 or 7 then she starts banging anything that moved. She took a light paranormal romance book and turned it into porno.
Harris has 10 Sookie Stackhouse books, I'm on the 7th, so far it's still interesting. Thing is after a while they run out of material and either just get silly or the write fluff to fill the pages..... like Stephanie Meyer, Twilight was pretty good it was supposed to have been a stand alone book but it caught on and she rushed the rest of the series to meet deadlines but the tree killers are nothing but fluff. btw I read where the tenth book is supposed to be pretty bad, not up to her normal writing.