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The Sequel Question (Tor.com post)

Since Give Up the Ghost was released, I’ve been getting a question I suspect every writer hears after publishing a book not clearly part of a series: “Is there going to be a sequel?”

When I wrote Ghost, it never occurred to me to think of it as anything other than a stand-alone novel. The plot and character arcs I envisioned fit well within the scope of one book. I saw Cass’ story as being—well, maybe not finished—but finished enough that the rest could live in readers’ imaginations. But if people want to read more about her, why wouldn’t I pursue that?

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



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Nov. 4th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think you got it absolutely right! I like sequels when they are able to do something completely different, as you said. Obviously some books are written to have sequels (like Harry Potter); others are truly just fine as stand-alones. I tend to be okay with the original, even if I don't like the sequel. I will simply pretend that the sequel was never written :)
Nov. 7th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I try to block sequels I didn't like out of my memory, but they're always *there*; I can never forget them completely. :P I think they do tend to work better when intended as a series (author planned ahead) than when it's decided after the first book is set. More likely to have a good balance of plot and characterization because the author set things up with sequels in mind.
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
I thought that was a wonderful post, and I left a comment at Tor.com, but I was intrigued by your final question about sequels we really liked or sequels we thought shouldn't have been written.

A sequel I really liked was A Wind in the Door, the sequel, written almost a decade later, to A Wrinkle in Time. I think I liked it perhaps even better than the original. (I wasn't so keen on the books that came later, like A Swiftly Tilting Planet.)

A sequel I didn't like was The Empire Strikes Back--and indeed, the whole development after that of the Star Wars universe. (I'm old, so I saw the original Star Wars as a kid when it first came out--I loved it!) I had a sense of the Star Wars universe, the Force, Jedi Knights, all of it, that was totally different from what I saw unfolding in the second, and then the third, movie. I know now we think of the whole story arc of the Star Wars series as an accepted whole, but imagine being a kid and only knowing the first story--and imagine the freedom your mind has to create the whole world of it.

What is a sequel you particularly like, and--if it's not bad form to ask--are there any you wish hadn't been written?
Nov. 7th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
It is my policy never to say anything critical of a book by name here, but one of my all time favorite books since my teens had a sequel that I didn't get to read until years later (it was out of print)--only to discover that I hated the sequel almost as much as I loved the first book. No idea how the author managed such a turn-around in plotting, characterization, and emotional resonance, but, well... :P

That's the sequel that disappointed me the most. I tend to get disappointed by sequels a lot.

But, sequels that I've really enjoyed: the second book in E. Lockhart's Roo series (and I imagine I'll love the third book, too) and the two books that followed Megan Whalen Turner's THE THIEF (the third is actually my favorite so far--can't wait for the fourth book!). :)
Nov. 7th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
I've only ever read The Thief, which I enjoyed a lot. I should really, really read the other two.
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The Clouded Sky
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A Sky Unbroken
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The Way We Fall
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Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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