Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Another Sequel

Just months after J. K. Rowling announced that she will write 3 books set in the world of Harry Potter, now we have another piece of news about an author going back to the series that made him famous.

Most people do not know who Tad Williams is but he is a very successful and prolific fantasy and sci-fi writer. Now Tad Williams has confirmed  that his next project will be a new fantasy trilogy that is a direct sequel to his "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" trilogy.

As a reader of fantasy books, I have to question all these sequels. I can understand why writers and their publishers want to do them as there's a ready fanbase for these books (if there's a sequel to Jig the Goblin, I'll be first in line to buy the book) but I have to worry that the book publishing business is taking a page out of the movie business with sequels all over the place. Do we need that?

No. Hopefully these sequels (or prequels in Rowling's case) are one-off event. What's next; a sequel to Lord of the Rings? Good god, I hope not.

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