Since there are so many books that I read that DO have sequels, I think I will split this topic in half. So, Ladies and Gentlemen! I give you…Top Five Books I Wish Could Have Sequels and Top Five Books I Wish Didn’t Have Sequels!
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You didn’t think I was going to have a list without this one being at the top? And yes, I know others have written sequels and companions, but to get something from the one who knows those characters the best would rock.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Such a sweet story nestled in a story of ghosts, murderers and hope. You just want to protect Bod and see him end up with a girl who understands him.
- Stephanie Perkins has the perfect idea – don’t write sequels, but do write companion novels where the characters you love come to visit. It’s nice to see how they’re doing, and that they are still together (because we invested a lot of emotion in these people!). That being said, I love Anna and St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss and would love to have another story all their own.
- FanGirl! and Serial Summer by Angel Lawson. I loved these books, and I really wish they had sequels. I think FanGirl! would be the easiest, ANGEL (I’m talking to you!) but both won’t be a problem for you. And while you’re listening – YOUR BOOKS ARE TOO SHORT. Gimme more.
- All books by Jennifer E. Smith. Please.
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I know I’ve said it before, but nothing pisses me off more (sorry for the language, Mom) than when you go through emotional turmoil, evil people/spirits/whatever, barriers put up by others and maybe even characters initially not liking each other, then the first thing they do in volume two is go bat-shit crazy and their relationship falls apart. So, all that crap I went through in the first book, the stuff that wrung me out, it was all for nothing? Forget it!
- Firelight by Sophie Jordan. Girl is a dragon. Mom sneaks away from dragon compound with girl. Girl meets boy whose family hunts dragons. Of course they fall in love. There were at least two more volumes after everything seemed to be solved. Couldn’t get into book 2.
- The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. I LOOOOOOVE Jasper Fforde’s adult Thursday Next series; it is some of the most clever writing I have ever come across. I read his foray into Young Adult, expecting the same – and, unfortunately, I got what I asked for. It just didn’t seem to work here.
- Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, et al. Come on, he’s just phoning these in now. From his island made of stacks of money. Where he burns Dan Brown books to keep warm. While sleeping under a duvet of live kittens. Where Il Divo sings his breakfast menu.
- Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson. This book gives “light and frothy” a bad name. It’s like a meringue without the egg whites.
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