Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where a topic is presented each week and we get to share our opinions on it and spread some love among others’s opinions too!
This Week’s Topic is:
What Makes a Good Sequel? (suggested by M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left)
I’ve been thinking about this topic all week because i never really gave it a thought before.
So, as i was thinking about it, it occured to me that only bad sequels came to mind. Being the first one i came up with Star Wars. Now that’s a bad idea. It wasn’t well done, it was a waste of potential and you can see how problematic it is, because it could ruin a franchise.
Now, while thinking about what went wrong there (so many things) i saw the light. I understood what in my opinion needs a sequel to be good.
For me a good sequel has a purpose, a good purpose and a reason to be that isn’t only the many they can’t make with it. You need to have characters who need to tell an important story.
So let’s talk about a good sequel.
I’m not taking trilogies that were meant to be trilogies from the begining as i’m talking about this topic. Like for example, it makes sense that The Raven Boys had a sequel because it left so many open questions, but what about the Dreamers Trilogy, the The Raven Cycle sequel?
Well, to me it’s obvious in the world that the author created there were still topics that could be presented and creating a few more characters, as well as using characters from before and their aptitudes she could tell a lot more. I’m not saying there wasn’t anything to say in Star Wars i’m just saying it wasn’t planned well.
Another example i struggled with at first and i wondered if it was necessary was Leah On The OffBeat. We know the world of the Simonverse from before, and we knew Leah, as well as the author had something different to say and how important it was for Becky herself. At first i didn’t enjoy the book but when i knew why Becky wrote it i could accept and understand the idea behind the book better, and it all made more sense. As of for Love, Creekwood, i think we deserved a little more of Simon and Bram so i’m not complanning.
So yeah, i can understand expanding a world you already created is way simpler than keep creating another worlds, but many others manage to that too, which i find AMAZING.
And that’s it. I think that’s all i have to say on the topic. At least on books and movies. Manga it’s a different story but i won’t start talking about my opinion on the many prequels Yuu Watase made for Fushigi Yugi because i could be talking here for hours and hours.
What do you think makes a good sequel? Leave your response and/or the link to your own post down below!