Thursday, 8 March 2012

BTT: Sequel

Booking Through Thursday question from Ted  (via Deb):

Which non-series book would you most like to read the sequel to?
Do you have any wishes for what might happen in it?

This is one of those questions that I think maybe I found it easier to answer when I was young. I was probably more prone back then to rewrite endings in my head if I did not like the one given. Now I usually don’t speculate that much unless perhaps when I know there is to be a sequel. But the only ‘serious’ (not all that serious) speculations of that kind that I’ve been involved in was probably while waiting for the end to the Harry Potter story.

Back in my early teens I know I wished for a  sequel/ different ending to the Diary of Anne Frank, but at the same time well aware that since Anne really died in concentration camp, this was not going to happen.

That’s probably also the kind of story that may still make me wish for different endings or impossible sequels. Come to think of it, that’s what I did between the last Harry Potter books as well: Trying to find ways to bring back characters who had been killed! (A wish, by the way, that the author also dealt with in those books, but in a different way.)

As far as I can recall, I don’t think I ever yet tried to read any of those fake sequels that sometimes pop up, like one author writing a sequel to someone else’s original story.


  1. when i was younger, all the way to my twenties, i would read the last page of each book first and if it did not end good i would not read it. not like that now, but i do so dislike books that end bad or that don't end but leave me hanging and make me guess at what the end was.

  2. Books that leave us hanging, or are confusing, do seem to beg for a sequel. To tie up those loose or unsatisfying ends. But I also would love to read a sequel to a book with wonderful characters and lovely settings.


  3. A book by Emma Bull, a fantasy writer, called Territory left me wanting more. It was about Doc Holliday and though I know his real story I'd love for her to write about him again.

  4. I don't watch soap operas because they are never ending, I like my stories to have an ending, whether happy or sad. I prefer stand alone books, but don't mind reading series if the end in three or four books. After that I move on to something else.

  5. Me, too, I don't really want to read a sequel if it's not by the original author. I can't think of any book I would want to read a sequel of, except maybe my favorite books, just so they didn't have to end and I could continue reading. Sorry about the snow. We have been having alternate days of lots of snow, then hot, like 70 degrees. I love your early morning picture of the plow with the lights around it, outstanding!!!

  6. I chose The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet as the one I'd like a sequel to!

    I once read a continuation of the Barchester chronicles by a mnodern author. Ugh! I'm not sure he'd read the originals and his style was nothing like Trollope.

    1. Never heard of the first one. Actually I don't think I ever read Trollope either but your comment reminded me I have one unread (since many years). Checked, and it's the last of those chronicles. So I probably never read it because I thought I'd better read the previous ones first. But since I don't have those...

  7. I like series, but I still think there are too many sequels around :-)

  8. Gosh, the Diary of Anne Frank is such an awesome example.. sad but a great one nevertheless!

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