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One Too Many: A Top Ten List

I have issues with sequels and series. You might be thinking “what don’t you have issues with?”, but I hope you’re not. If you were wondering, I don’t have issues with salted caramel, people who like to read, or the month of October – I love all of those things. I do, as I said, have issues with series. I don’t like them. I don’t like the wait time between books and I really don’t like ridiculous cliffhangers. So I’m altering this week’s prompt a bit (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). Instead of only including books I wish would’ve had sequels, I’m going to list books that did not need to continue (in either sequel or series form) and books that I would’ve enjoyed seeing more of. In no particular order:

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How I feel about sequels.

Six books where plus one is one too many (the phrase ‘one too many’ always makes me think of this song):

10. Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis. This novel continued the story started in Less Than Zero. I like Less Than Zero, it is my second favorite Easton Ellis novel after Rules of Attraction. So…Imperial Bedrooms. I like the introduction. I like that the voice is easily identifiable. I like the self-references Easton Ellis weaves in. The rest didn’t exactly work for me.

9. The Southern Vampire Mystery Series. The series needed to finish by book ten. Coincidentally, that’s when I stopped reading it. However, I did Google spoilers for the finale, so I am all up to date on the love life of Sookie Stackhouse. Where True Blood plans to take the series I have no idea…

8. The Alex Cross Series by James Patterson. One could argue that one is one too many Alex Cross books. However, I didn’t mind the first couple of books. In particular I thought Kiss the Girls was fair enough, I enjoy books set in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I was *thisclose* to going to graduate school there. However, the later novels are truly terrible. And don’t get me started on the casting of Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross for the movie adaptation. Did no one mention to the casting director that Alex was supposed to be in his 30’s?

7. The appendix A Room Without a View by E. M. Forster. It’s always a bad sign when I have nothing to say. I suppose my defeated sign speaks for me.

6. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I like Jean Rhys. I love Jane Eyre. And granted, Wide Sargasso Sea is more of a prequel. However, given my adoration for Jane Eyre, it’s hard for me to watch my favorite romantic hero – Edward Fairfax Rochester – essentially turn into a villain. It didn’t work for me and it took me nearly a month to get through this particular book.

5. The Regulators by Richard Bachman. This was a companion novel to Desperation by Stephen King. The characters exist in a parallel universe. Unfortunately, The Regulators isn’t nearly as strong as Desperation. Still (not surprisingly), I own it. In hardcover.

Four that could use a sequel:

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. While Wide Sargasso Sea didn’t work for me, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to read another novel set in Jane’s world. I think Jane Eyre ended perfectly, so a sequel would likely ruin it. Still…

3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I did not love the ending of the novel. Since Gaiman is already writing the sequel to American Gods, I’m cheating a bit, but that doesn’t make me any less likely to include it given the way I feel.

2. The Shining by Stephen King. I’m cheating again because Doctor Sleep releases next month. I’m looking forward to an update on Danny. I’d also appreciate an update on Kyra and Mike from Bag of Bones.

1. I’ve got…nothing. As I said, I don’t typically like sequels. Even my inclusion of Jane Eyre is questionable. You should never ruin a good thing. See Jaws 2, American Psycho 2, Wrong Turn 2, Exorcist 2, Wall Street 2, The Ring 2 (I quite liked about 90% of The Ring), The Matrix 3 (Revolutions), AND Batman and Robin.

Bonus: I’m curious about the graphic novel sequel to Fight Club that Chuck Palahniuk has planned.

Which book do you think should have a sequel? Which sequel should never have happened? I’m willing to accept book or movie for the latter question. Because, frankly, you can play the ‘never should have happened’ movie sequel game all day.

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