Booking Through Thursday: More!

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

Despite being a huge speculative fiction fan, I’m not actually a huge series fan. I mean, I read series, of course—I’m planning to read A Feast for Crows over spring break, per the demands of a friend of mine who needs someone to talk to about it—but there’s such a difference between books that are part of closed series, books that are part of open-ended series (which I tend to shy away from), and books that are one-shots, to borrow a term from fanfiction. I just feel like an after-the-fact sequel rarely adds to the narrative power of the first, unlike a planned series. I believe it can be done, of course—I think anything can be done well—but it’s not something I would seek out on my own.

That said, I wouldn’t mind a short story about Ash and Kaisa being adorable set after the end of Ash, but as Malinda Lo herself says, “I feel that Ash’s story is complete, and I won’t be writing a sequel. (Also, I’m pretty sure Ash has a fairly boring — though very happy — life after the end of the book. There really wouldn’t be much to write about!)“. And I think that really nails it on the head. Stories are about the most important moments in a character’s life; what happens after is probably not as exciting and dramatic.

7 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: More!

  1. It’s so true, I posted that on mine too. Most of the books I read have that happy ending, or close to it. Do you really want to read about how happy someone is. No you need a little drama to spice it up and make it interesting. Here’s my BTT.

  2. Great point about a series that is planned vs one that just keeps going and going.

    Of course, a planned series can be expanded and overstay its welcome–see the Wheel of Time books.

    I’m curious about them but so far behind and they’re all such tomes I feel like I’d never get caught up.

  3. I like the idea of a series, but in practice, they’re often executed badly. Plus JK Rowling set the bar, like, way WAY high in my childhood. So as much as I like the notion of reading a series of books, instead of a standalone, there aren’t a ton of series that I truly love.

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