This week I wanted to have a discussion about authors adding more work to their “finished” stories. If you don’t know what I’m talking about lemme offer up examples to help explain what I mean; so we had the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This book was a standalone then a few years later Jenny Han announces she’s writing two more sequels to the story and all of a sudden it becomes a trilogy. We have The Selection Trilogy that was of course three books until Keira Cass announced she was adding two more books to the series (The Heir and The Crown) and it became a quintet. And of course we have the Harry Potter series that was supposed to be 7 books until J. K. Rowling announced Cursed Child (the 8th story!), speaking of J.K.R. did you know the Fantastic Beasts movies that were supposed to be a trilogy will now be a series of 5 films. Ohh let’s not forget the A Court of Thorns and Roses series that was supposed to be a trilogy but will now be an 8 book series . Even the Throne of Glass series was supposedto be 5 books but is now 6. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.
I know as readers we often utter the statement, “It can’t be over already! I need more!” but more often than not we don’t really mean it, do we?. I find myself getting frustrated by the authors who keep adding books to stories that clearly ended. I picture books like journeys and I mentally prepare myself to go on this journey that an author promised would be a specific length but then at the end of it they’re like oops I lied that wasn’t the end. In my mind I know I don’t have to read these new books but then I feel like I almost owe it to the original books I loved so much to read these new books the author puts out – it’s exhausting.
After all the ranting I realise something, the one thing I almost always forget – writing is an actual a job. Something most authors do to make a living and survive so if adding more work to a book that has a solid fanbase guarantees income why stop because of fear of judgement.
To be fair it may not even be about the money; the author may simply have more story in them than the original number of books promised so I also kinda understand adding more work to a series.
So what do you think:
Are you a the more the merrier kind of person?
Do you get frustrated when authors add books to what was perceived as finished work?
What do you think of Fantastic Beasts becoming a five-movie franchise? Overkill?
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