tends to arrive sooner than it otherwise might.Sometimes it is because the author has lost interest in the project, having finished it in their own mind, and is mentally working on their next project.
I wonder how much of that has been the advent of blogs?The bedtime story analogy is very apt. I also think there's a study to be made into the extent by which online communities such as AH have contributed to the revival of the "serial" format. I know there's a continuity of sorts from Dickens serials, to genre magazine serials, to today; but in a weird reversal of Netflix TV trends, it feels as if readers are now more comfortable with waiting for episodic updates than might have been the case a few decades ago.
Oh definitely - its more in my mind that the format has gone from predominantly in the literary arts (19th century), to the visual arts (with television series in the 20th century). Now streaming (and DVD box sets before that) has partly changing habits in the latter (in terms of the gap between serial installments), while blogs and writing forums are normalising that gap for people who might otherwise read a novel or novella from cover to cover in a few sittings.To an extent, the serial format has always been around. That is, after all, what most soap operas and many comedy series are.