Are Sequels Worth it?
Below I am recommending Cormac McCarthy’s newest book, The Passenger. I really liked it and was excited to see him writing again. It made me wonder about sequels. Time magazine reported, “Crafting a good sequel can be daunting. The filmmaker must top the previous movie or, in some cases, redeem a flagging franchise.” (Time, 2018) In movies, they have the luxury of bigger budgets and more technology. A book sequel is a very different thing. To grab a reader and engage them a second time at a very high level is more than daunting; it is an extreme challenge.
I was lucky enough to talk to Andy Weir after his first release, ‘The Martian’, while he was working on Artemis. It was clear he was feeling the pressure to produce another amazing title. The irony is that when you have something like a big release book or a movie, there are going to be those that love it and those that will hate it. Regardless it will be measured against the first.
It made me think we are just pretty lucky that these creative people are willing to put themselves out there again, knowing the criticism will come. What if J.K. Rowling had never written Chamber of Secrets, or if Star Wars had stopped with ‘A New Hope’. We would have never gotten to see arguably the best in the series, ‘Empire Strikes Back’.
So, regardless of what the sequel to McCarthy’s latest book, ‘The Passenger’ is, I will read it. I want to see what he has to say, and I want to judge it for myself. Whatever the result, I, for one, am looking forward to giving it a read.
Dockterman, Eliana. “35 Sequels That Are Better than the Original Movie.” Time, Time, 30 Aug. 2018, time.com/5353143/sequels-better-than-original/.