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I've been researching this, and still haven't found a satisfactory answer.

Longer works are to be italicized. So a series of children's books would be a longer work, but I'm not sure it's italicized, although the books in the series are.

For example: We love Hank the Cow Dog. Our favorite is The Case of the Mysterious Voice.
Or would Hank the Cow Dog simply be capitalized and the book italicized?
#1 - May 26, 2016, 02:24 PM
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What I've seen most commonly is this:

I enjoy the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite.

Therefore, if it's a character and that character (or setting) is used to name the series, it's not italicized. However, there are some series (often trilogies that I've seen) where the entire series uses the first book's title; in those cases, I believe it should be italicized: I've read the Matched trilogy.
#2 - May 26, 2016, 03:27 PM
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I freely admit to being completely uneducated on this, but for my blog I had to decide on a style and stick with it, so I put the series in italics with the book all caps.
I enjoy the Harry Potter series. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN is my favorite.
#3 - May 26, 2016, 04:12 PM
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^ Vonna, I've seen variations of this, as well (using bold, caps, italics).
#4 - May 26, 2016, 06:42 PM
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