I'm not blaming series, but sagas, Rich. I suppose I could read the Dune saga because in fact is a serie. I can go with the whole Star Trek novel series, if needed, because are A LOT OF HISTORIES with the same characters. Harry Potter (bleurgh) is acceptable because you can read any of the books ignoring the rest (I will suggest you to ignore all them
). I read all the books that fell in my hands from Enid Blyton, and they were series of books.
Wheel of Time: an (unfinished) saga
Game of Thrones: an unfinished (yet) saga
Dune: a mix between a saga and a serie... some sort of working hybrid
Jack Reacher novels: a serie (BTW, is the same Jack Reacher of Tom Cruise's movie? I like the character, despite TC)
If you need to share a bunch of histories and want not to change their characters, go and do it. If you need three million pages to share a single history... you are doing something wrong. If the jews could summarize the whole Universe creation in six days, you should be able to explain Game of Thrones in a single tweet.