You may have noticed I skipped last week’s TTT. The subject was Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With and I just couldn’t think of any. Sure, I love losing myself in the fantasy of fiction, but most story characters have a lot of woe before the good. I’d love to live in the Harry Potter universe, but I don’t want all the problems that he and his friends had. The worlds that Sarah J. Maas creates are phenomenal…if you don’t have to actually live there and have to fear for your life. You get my point.
This week’s topic is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel, and it’s another hard one for me. What I’m going to do is list 5 books may do well with a sequel and 5 that had sequels and maybe shouldn’t have. Here’s the thing, even when a story is left not quite wrapped up, it’s often how it should end. We don’t need every single detail spelled out. Often it’s best to have the readers come to their own conclusions and use their own imagination when it comes to the end. Not everything has to be wrapped up with a tidy bow on top.
Five books that may or may not need a sequel:
by Delancey Stewart
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
by Rebekah Crane
Just Kiss Me
by Rachel Gibson
Promise Me You
by Marina Adair
Gather the Daughters
by Jennie Melamed
The next five books have sequels but I don’t necessarily believe they needed one (or more, in some cases). With some of these, I read and enjoyed the sequel(s). In others, the sequel ended up ruining it for me. Unlike with the first five, with these next five I’ll give you my reasoning for each one.
Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
This book has an amazing ending, made more amazing and iconic by the dashing Clark Gable in the movie adaptation. While it didn’t have the HEA we all wanted for Scarlett, it was satisfying to see the spoiled, self-centered, narcissistic woman get what she had coming to her. To see Rhett finally see that no matter what he did she wasn’t going to change her ways. I admit that I enjoyed the book Scarlett, mostly because I love Rhett. It doesn’t mean the book was needed. It wasn’t.
by Lois Lowry
This one has received many awards, including the Newberry Medal. There are so many layers to this story and I remember we had quite the insightful and deep discussion on this one at book club when we read it a few years back. As with Gone With the Wind, it doesn’t have a very satisfying conclusion (at least in the way we are used to things having a tidy ending). I felt that the way my imagination went after the ending was better than the way the story went off the rails over the next few books.
by Veronica Roth
This is one of those books that I got sucked right in and couldn’t wait to read the following books in the series. While they were okay, even great at times, they couldn’t live up to the experience I had with this book. They got more jumbled and bogged down as the series went along. It’s a shame that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth by the time I finished this series.
Flowers in the Attic
by VC Andrews
I have a confession to make, it’s been well over 20 years since I read this book. Possibly over 30. I remember finding this story fascinating and terrifying at the same time. With each book in the series after this one, I think I got more and more confused. Partly because I was a teenager and probably too young to understand what was really happening. But this series really fell apart when I read the prequel. The creepy terror should have been kept contained in this first book, it was just too much.
The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons
I may file this one under too much of a good thing. I adore this story for its gritty real feeling. Those same real-life feel and raw emotions started to weigh a bit too heavily in the following books. Where I’m glad I read the whole series, if I ever do a re-read it will probably only be of book one. It will break my heart too much to read the rest again.
I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you read any of the last 5 books I listed and felt differently.