Box Sets

January 9, 2012 Misc 2

I’m a pretty particular person when it comes to books and movies.  Especially when it comes to series.  I like stuff to match.  This means similar looking cover designs, same format, same styling, etc.  I waited almost a year for Breaking Dawn to come out in paperback because I already owned the rest in paperback and they had to match.

I really dislike when an author or production company makes significant changes throughout a series.  My Harry Potter DVD set has 3 different types of cases and it drives me crazy.  My Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella have 2 different designs.  And I just saw that Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver has a different looking cover from Delirium.

Why?

So that consumers spend more money.

I wish I could afford to buy box sets and have everything looking all nice and neat, but I hate to waste money.  Especially when I already own what I am buying.  I know that I could wait for a series to come out in a box set before purchasing any, but who has that kind of patience?  Not me.  It took 10 years for the Harry Potter Books to come out.  No way could I have waited.  Plus some series don’t have an exact number of projected books when they started, i.e. Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series. (This is how I got fooled with my Die Hard DVD series.  I bought the box set.  Then they came out with the fourth movie.)

I wish that you could get credit for turning in your old copies of books/movies when buying a box set.  That would be the only way I could justify spending money on something I already own.

Sadly, I think I’m just going to have to settle for my mismatching sets.

Kimberly

2 Responses to “Box Sets”

  1. Alexia561

    This drives me nuts too, as I want my books to match! Like when a series starts out in paperback, then switches to hardcover! Glad to hear I’m not the only one bothered by this! :)

    • Kimberly

      I’m glad I’m not alone either! My friends think it’s crazy that I have to have stuff match like this, but I think it just looks nicer.