sequelsI am in the middle of a dilemma at present. It is this. Do I write a Milo Moon sequel or not?

On one hand I know that I myself enjoy books that are in a series or a sequel or two. Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus, the Straun family saga from James Clavell and of course Douglas Adam’s famous five part trilogy of Hitchhiker stories are great enjoyable examples.

But then again I have a sense that some stories are best left to stand by themselves. 1984, Brave New World and Atlas Shrugged screamed out to be left alone and not regurgitated in a new form.

There are also the over exploited themes such as Rocky movies which became only worse and worse as each sequel was released. Even one of my favourite movies, Star Wars, lost its shine with each new movie as did The Blues Brothers sequel.

Maybe I am on the wrong track. Perhaps it is just movie sequels that have the potential to be stinkers where books have a seemingly better chance of maintaining the quality in sequels.

Or perhaps deep down I have had my fill of Milo Moon and would love to have an excuse to write a cooking book with delicious pictures.

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  • 16/07/2010 at 6:30 pm

    Write a cookbook or two to clear your head of Milo for awhile. If he persists in returning, fend him off until he brings you a good enough new story to tell that you can't help going back to your Mac to type it up for publication. Until then, ignore him. If he is not strong enough to insist on his own serial, he'll eventually go away.

  • 16/07/2010 at 7:58 pm

    Careful Derek! For months now I've been researching and making loads of notes for another novel. Somehow or other I've been sidetracked by an idea that came to me a couple of weeks back. So now I'm busy writing a series of stories for 5 – 7 year olds about a honey bear cub called Ursus; eight Ursus adventures written so far. I think I'll stop at an even dozen – sheesh! :))

  • 16/07/2010 at 8:11 pm

    If you are not sure Derek, let it rest for awhile. Only you can make the final decision. If it is meant to be than it will be. Leave it alone for now. :) The answer will surface.

  • 16/07/2010 at 8:37 pm

    I do think that books are a different story. haha A blockbuster movie is not always an easy act to follow.
    Just give it some time and go with your gut and your instinct. Follow your passion.

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