Today’s theme in our YA Indie Carnival is about sequels (in terms of reading, writing, and reviewing them). Sequels are not always necessary, but something I see a lot of in the book world. Most books I read, especially YA, are a series of some kind (trilogy, saga, whatever).
As a reader, I enjoy sequels. Sometimes a book doesn’t need it, but often times we get involved with the characters, curious about where they’re headed or who they’ll meet along the way. This is where sequels are so great, because we never really have to part with our favorite characters. (Of course, this might lead to severe separation anxiety when it’s over, like me with Harry Potter…) Sequels help us to round out the character’s journey and hopefully give us closure on the story.
Hopping on the other page, I’d say that authors should be careful in how they write out their sequels. Charlaine Harris, for example, used to be one of my favorite authors. Janet Evanovich, too. But both of them have written SO MANY Sookie Stackhouse/Stephanie Plum novels that everything after book eight or nine starts to sound similar. I’ve read all the books from both these series and it’s almost impossible to name a specific plot line to a particular title because there are so many. As an author who plans to have a series of stand-alone books in the Donovan Circus world, I want to be extra sure I don’t bore my readers or make them wish I’d just figure out an ending for everyone. Plus, even the readers can tell the authors don’t seem to care as much–almost as if they’re tired of dragging these characters on (just to finish out a writer’s contract) and they’d rather move on to something else. Almost like they’re burned out from their own world-building.
While working on the follow up book to Gifted, I got really excited about coming up with a new plot that introduces new characters, gifts, and villains. I think writing this book might be more fun for me than my first title, because my world is established. I spent so much time building my unique world (hidden inside the real world) and trying to establish character developments, and explaining who’s who and what’s what. This time around, the reader is already familiar with my characters and how they interact and work. So now, the sequel can focus on more stories and people, which is fun for me because I don’t have to go over all the technical terms and details since the reader got all that in Book 1. I’m not sure if it’s the same way for other authors, but I’m really looking forward to having fun with the writing, instead of worried I’ll confuse someone.
What do you think of sequels? Do you enjoy reading and reviewing them as much as when you read the first book in the collection? Don’t forget to check out all the other great authors that are part of the YA Indie Carnival and see what they have to say about sequels!
Next week is going to be soooo exciting, btw 🙂 (For me. I hope it is for you too, but I mostly meant for me. Cause I have that book coming out, ya know?) Happy weekend, friends!