I know there a book that are a collection of short stories, though I don't know much about them, like if all stories are by different authors or what. Anyways, as like a side project or practice to my main story that I'm planning, I thinking about doing another, which will be more like a collection of short stories following the same characters. I've tried Googling my question but couldn't find an answer, though I don't see why not. My question is: Can a book be a collection of short stories following the same characters? There'd be an underlining story , an underlining pupose. For example, a girls father get remarried and they move in with her father's new wife, in a different town; the girl has to get use to her new home and new mother, as well as her stepmother's children, and then there is the new school and making new friends etc. That's not my idea I'm thinking about, but getting use to a new place and life is. If you like, think of it as a TV series but in book form would be the best way to describe it, with each chapter being another 'episode'. I'd like some opinions on the formate, but either way, I think that's the way I'll write the idea.