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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jenny's 2cents on Book Sequels

So we've heard you'd like to see more 
Perspective.




We're starting with Book Sequels. Love'em or Hate'em?
You can read Nick's post here: I Dislike Sequels.


While Nick dislikes sequels an avoids them for fear of tarnishing an epic book one, I love them. Well, actually sequels and I have a Love/Hate relationship. I love them, most of the time, and they usually hate me. Observe.

This is me when I finally get my hands on a long awaited sequel.


And then I do finally read it and this happens...


True Story.

Luckily my coffee table is super heavy and I can't easily overturn it, but I have shaken many a book while yelling WHY?!?! in rage. I call it Sequel Rage.

     That first picture easily applies to any book I've been waiting anxiously to get my hands on, but more so to sequels. I love being able to jump back into the worlds of my favorite books. Sequels give me the opportunity to visit old characters I adore and meet new ones, check on budding romances, and you always get to learn more; more about the characters, more about the world they live in and what's going on. It's great.
     I will admit though, I am a little weary to start a sequel almost every time because I am afraid of the ending. I like it when the ending of a book is wrapped up, but left open just enough for a continuation. Like Percy Jackson for example, at the end of The Last Olympian all is well again and you get a new prophecy. It could have ended there no problem. But not every book gives that same consideration and cliffhangers kill me! Yeah, a part of me is afraid the book won't live up to the path the previous paved for it, but mostly it's that chance at a cliffhanger ending that leaves me hesitant, even if I'm super excited for the book. So sometimes sequels end up sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. For example, Beautiful Chaos, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, and a few others are still patiently waiting.  
   But not every sequel ends up waiting, most I delve into fairly quickly especially if it was a Hush, Hush, Ghost and the Goth novel or A Million Suns. Those I hugged and stared at and lamented about only being able to read it for the first time once, for maybe 10 minutes and then immediately devoured the book. No self control.
   However, as much as I love sequels there comes a time when books should just stop, no matter how much I love the series.*Cough, cough* The Mortal Instruments *cough, cough*  All good things must come to an end right?

How do you feel about sequels?
  

5 comments:

  1. Ha, I know exactly how you feel.

    Most of the books I read have a sequel since writing a series is so popular these days. When it's a really good book that I want to read more of then I'm glad but if I just want it to be over with then I'll be annoyed because I won't want to read the next book... but of course I'll buy it anyway.

    P.S: I'm following.

    Lettora - (I'm Booked!)

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  2. LOL I agree with you both I like sequels and I hate them at the same time..I love the fact the story goes on but I am afraid it won't be as good as the first.

    @Nick BTW Jonathan Maberry is doing a signing today but you have to pay for admission to get in and it's way outside of my budget *sigh* I wish he had gone to the DBF because that is free admission!

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  3. Yeah, he has been at Dragon*con all weekend. I wouldn't pay admission to get in unless I was doing the whole con. There will be other times.

    oh and btw, you lucky duck! I'm glad you had fun at Decatur. :)

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    1. That was my dilemma! I would like a signed copy of rot and ruin to put in my collection though!

      It was really fun and my husband patiently walked around all day in the heat..bless him! LOL

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  4. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog :) ramblingsofanelfpire.blogspot.co.uk
    DFTBA!

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