When reading a trilogy or a series of novels, do you read the books as they come out, or do you wait until the series is complete before you start reading it? Why do you prefer to do it the way you do?
With fantasy and sci fi series I prefer to read series that already all out because I have been burned in the past with authors taking years to put out the next book (sometimes going off and writing a whole other series in between), by which time I have forgotten the events of the previous book and have to reread it which I find very annoying. But I don't always know when a book first comes out that it's going to be a trilogy (I think sometimes the author doesn't know either) and if a book looks exciting I might just read it and hope for the best.
Well you don't necessarily know that it is going to be a series when the first book comes out, but if I did, I would read them as they come out rather than wait for them all to be released. However, All the trilogies I have read, were already published before I decided I wanted to read them, so it hasn't been an issue yet.
I read them as they come out but when the subsequent books are published, I re-read all the ones before them first! Except for the Discworld novels or the Falco series, as that would just take too long, so I re-read one or two latest before the newest one.
What I really dislike is when a publisher puts all the books in a trilogy or quartet into one volume, as then it's too big to hold easily!
I have to wait for them all to come out, but that hasn't served me well with Game of Thrones because George RR is a painfully slow writer. He's lucky he's good at it because I wouldn't stick about patiently otherwise!