You have read a book so wonderful that you just could not wait to read the next one, right? Me too. Then I search and ask, only to find out that there is not another book to follow up the one I just read.
How could this book not have had a follow-up story? You want to know what happened to the characters beyond the last page of the last chapter, but it was never written.
I would have loved for Harper Lee to have written a follow-up book for “To Kill a Mockingbird“. What did Scout do when she grew up? How was her life changed by what she experienced from that court trial? What happened to Boo Radley? What about Jem and Dill? I am still amazed that this is the only novel Harper Lee ever wrote.
“Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte is another story. Catherine, Edgar, and Heathcliff had a rough go of it, but what happened to Mr. Lockwood?
“The Catcher in the Rye“, “The Bell Jar“, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower“, and I could go on all day long!
Did you have a story that when you closed the book at the end, you wondered what happened to the characters with whom you had just invested so much of your time and feelings?
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my top faves of all time. I would have loved a sequel!
Don’t know what it says for my writing. But I have determined to never write a series.
And yes, often I do wonder what the author would have some characters do after the book ends. A good book should maybe leave you feeling that way.
I agree Donald! A good book will definitely leave you wondering about ‘what if?’
I don’t think there is anything wrong with not writing a series of books, either 🙂
Of course – Gone With the Wind…
I thought of this one as well, but I have not read this story yet (I know, right?) and have only seen the movie, I couldn’t honestly say I wished it had a sequel. Of course I have never seen a movie as good as the book, so I definitely need to read this one!
I try to avoid stand-alone novels because I like to get into stories that go deeper into their worlds and stories. But there are some that I have read and would like to know more about, like “Fangirl” by Rainbow Roswell and “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer. There is a series by Kristen Cashore Graceling Realm. It has only 3 books but I really wish she would add more, there is so much that could be explored and it feels unfinished because of that.
I loved “The Host”. It took me a bit to get into it, but I really enjoyed it!