Multi Volume Work

Any work that runs at more than one volume or installment. Usually, these works tend to be much longer than your average book, but there are exceptions. The work itself can be considered one large story broken into parts or several smaller stories with recurring themes and characters.

The reasons for breaking a story up into parts can vary. Some books, like The Lord of the Rings, were considered too long by the publisher, making this an example of Executive Meddling. Other times, this is simply a demand of the medium or genre that the author works in. For example, the novels of Charles Dickens were all serialized in fiction magazines due to the prohibitive cost of book printing. In both of these cases, the stories are considered one large work and are often combined in one volume for sale later. See also: Serial Novel, Divided for Publication.

Other times, the works are meant to be individual stories that stand on their own. This can be the intention of the author from the start. Other times, such as with an unexpected Cash Cow Franchise, one book that was meant to be self contained becomes outrageously popular, prompting sequels.

This is a literature trope and an example of Prose Fiction.


  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, which includes four books: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.