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Are you a fan of sequels to classics or books using other author's characters?

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message 1: by Lee (new)

Lee I usually steer clear of both these genres - the idea of a sequel to Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre for instance does not sit well with me. I did however enjoy the Laurie R. King Mary Russell books in which the heroine becomes an assistant and eventually wife to Sherlock Holmes (sounds awful but it really isn't)


message 2: by Anthony, Administrator, Keeper of the Really Good Coffee (new)

Anthony Watkins (anthonyuplandpoetwatkins) | 495 comments Mod
I barely like regular sequels...


message 3: by Marty (last edited Jun 02, 2013 12:22PM) (new)

Marty (martymill) | 6 comments It depends on the book/author, really. I do like to read books that use other author's characters, just to see what angle they take. I liked Jean Burnett's The Bad Miss Bennet: A Novel because she did try to make it sound like the Regency period. I'm not sure I'm going to like the sci-fi-fantasy version of J.A's novels though (Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters, for instance).


message 4: by Lee (new)

Lee Now thats an idea!


message 5: by Hayley (last edited Jun 03, 2013 10:44PM) (new)

Hayley Stewart (haybop) I don't think I am. Not because I've tried one or two and disliked the result but because, for some reason or another, I just avoid picking them up when I go shopping :S Especially the 'such and such and.... MONSTERS' sort of thing - oh well, lots of other books to choose from ;)


message 6: by Anthony, Administrator, Keeper of the Really Good Coffee (new)

Anthony Watkins (anthonyuplandpoetwatkins) | 495 comments Mod
agreed, what over a million new titles every year?....


message 7: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Reilly (tracyreilly) The only one I will rather hang-doggedly admit to liking was "Scarlett" the sequel- by -another- author for Gone With the Wind. It's been decades, tho.


message 8: by Seamus (new)

Seamus Duggan (SeamusDuggan) | 69 comments I enjoyed Peter Carey's Jack Maggs which took Great Expectations as its starting point.


message 9: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Reilly (tracyreilly) Oh! How could I forget an amazing pre-quel book (do they count?) The Wide Sargasso Sea---incredible pre-Jane Eyre.

And Grendel by John Gardner.

Best of all-- I won't top this one: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard.


message 10: by Scott (new)

Scott | 2 comments I also enjoyed Gardner's Grendel. However I'm glad I read Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaB0tr...


message 11: by Maggie the Muskoka Library Mouse (last edited May 11, 2017 03:05PM) (new)

Maggie the Muskoka Library Mouse (mcurry1990) I can't say I have really experienced this genre. I'm nervous of trying it out, as the Classics are Classics for a reason. I'm worried that a book written as a prequel or a sequel by another author couldn't capture the original essence of the first author. :/ I do, however, have a few of them on my shelves. For example, I own copies of "Rhett Butler's People" by Donald McCaig, "Scarlett" by Alexandra Ripley, and "Before Green Gables" by Budge Wilson. None of these have I really tried, though.


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