I actually found today’s prompt really difficult! I was looking back through the books I’ve read (thank you Goodreads) and it turns out that a lot of the books I read have sequels. A consequence of reading a lot of crime fiction I suppose! So instead of 10 stand-alone books that need a sequel, I’ve picked 5 stand-alone books I’d love to see a sequel for, and 5 books that have a sequel but maybe they shouldn’t have… Controversial perhaps but I’m going with it!
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Stand-Alone Books That Need A Sequel
Standalone Books That Need A Sequel
Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen M. McManus
Now don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed Two Can Keep A Secret, and I got all the answers I needed but that last line! I’d love some sort of short story that deals with Ellery’s feelings knowing what she knows, and if she ever shares her secret…
Unconventional – Maggie Harcourt
I loved following Lexi through the convention season in the book, I think the book was fantastic as it was but I absolutely adored Lexi’s relationship with her friends so I could easily read another book based around them. Alternatively I’d love to read the full version of Piecekeepers, the book Aiden is promoting in Unconventional. I’m not sure if that counts as a sequel though, more of a spin off perhaps…
State of Grace and My Box Shaped Heart – Rachael Lucas
These are two more novels where I just fell in love with the characters and could easily spend more time with Grace and Anna or Holly and Ed.
If Birds Fly Back – Carlie Sorosiak
So by now you’ve probably noticed a theme, most of the books on this list don’t need a sequel, the story they needed to tell has been told and the story had a really had a satisfying conclusion but I fell so in love with the characters I just want more! If Birds Fly Back is no different I’d love to find out what happens with Sebastian at Cal Tech and if Linny ended up at film school.
Books With A Sequel That Maybe Didn’t Need One
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Now I’ve not read Go Set A Watchman, mainly because I adore To Kill A Mockingbird and I’ve heard very mixed things about the follow up. Did To Kill A Mockingbird really need a follow up? I’m still not convinced but I don’t want to tarnish my love to To Kill A Mockingbird by reading Go Set A Watchman.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale was one of my set texts for my English Literature AS Level. I’m not going to lie the premise terrified me but I thought it was a great book. I’m torn on The Testaments, I included it in the post where I spoke about some of the 2019 sequels I’m looking forward to but I’m not sure it’s really needed. I just hope it’s a book that tells a story that needs to be told and not just something written quickly to cash in on the success of the TV adaptation.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
This is kind of hard for me to admit to, now obviously I don’t think the series should have ended after Harry’s first year, I truly do love all of the original series, apart from the epilogue but I can pretend those few pages don’t exist. I’ve not seen Cursed Child, but I do own and have read the screenplay, I’m not sure what I was expecting from it, and I didn’t love it like the original books but I enjoyed it well enough and one day I’d like to go and see the play. I have to admit to being sceptical from the moment they announced the Fantastic Beasts film series, especially when they announced the number of films in it! I’ve not got around to watching them yet, or reading the published scripts so maybe I shouldn’t judge but I can’t help but feel like they’re just cashing in on the loyalty of the original generation of HP fans and grabbing the next…
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
I really enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was younger, and I remember reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator but I don’t really remember anything about it unlike the original which makes me think it didn’t really need to exist…
Sequels Not By The Original Author
This is slightly hypocritical of me because I have read some sequels that haven’t been written by the original authors, for example I really enjoyed Anthony Horowitz’s Sherlock Holmes novels and I know he’s also written new James Bond novels. I’ve also read a couple of Sophie Hannah’s Poirot books and enjoyed them as well. I know in the cases above it’s all approved by the original authors estate but I’m not sure they always capture the magic of the original, I feel like the stories I’ve enjoyed I would have enjoyed regardless of the characters, I enjoyed the plot line and if the characters had been a little different I’m not sure that would have taken away from the story. Maybe it’s just that I’ve noticed it a lot more recently for example with the new Secret Seven books. Is it just publishers trying to cash in on already well known characters? I don’t know, I guess the film industry have been doing it for decades, I hope it doesn’t become the norm in the book world to the same extent…
Would you like to see a sequel to any of the books I’ve suggested? Are you pleased that any of the sequels I’ve listed exist? Are there any other sequels that exist that you wish didn’t? Let me know in the comments!