i am approximately 1000x less likely to read a book if i see it's the first in a series. it's just such a commitment. i got shit to do! i ain't got time to read five books in your shitty universe!
also and this is purely psychological: sci-fi books do this a lot and sci-fi books are fucking terrible at marketing to me, like i really like sci-fi but it's so hard for me to tell based on the marketing of most sci-fi books if they're going to be like, any good. like yeah people say good things about them but people have bad opinions all the time. i stopped trusting recommendations when i played nier automata.
@catalina also i just looked at the series gideon the ninth is in and saw that it contains a book called THE MYSTERIOUS STUDY OF DOCTOR SEX so maybe i'm back on board
but ty i didnot know about this
@prophet_goddess it sucks cause so many books are this and it feels like such a commitment rather than just a way to better finance authors while they write a book