To sequel or not to sequel? – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about sequels. I decided to split the list up into sequels I would want and sequels that weren’t needed… in my opinion of course.

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath– Although I know this couldn’t happen, I’d be intrigued to know what happened next to Esther.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher In The RyeJ.D. Salinger– I’m interested to see how Holden grew up.

Lord of the Flies

Lord Of The FliesWilliam Golding– Whilst I’d be nervous to read a sequel to one of my favourite books, I would definitely want to see what happened next.

I'll Meet You There

I’ll Meet You ThereHeather Demetrios– This was one of my favourite books, I’d be interested to follow Skylar again.

The Crimson Petal and the White

Crimson Petal and The WhiteMichel Faber– What happened to Sugar?

To not sequel

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I was NOT a fan of the next two books. They were okay, but in my opinion unnecessary.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and The Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl– This might be sacrilege to criticise the awesome Roald Dahl, but I didn’t think Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator was needed! It didn’t match to the first for me.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Rebel BelleRachel Hawkins– I didn’t enjoy the start of Miss Mayhem at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The SelectionKiera Cass– Whilst I didn’t mind the sequels (although I didn’t love them and have only read until the third) I personally think that The Selection would have been better as a standalone book.

Matched (Matched, #1)

MatchedAlly Condie– This is another series that has been done so much. I think it would have been more powerful by itself.

What are your books that you’d love to have a sequel for? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

50 thoughts on “To sequel or not to sequel? – Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Ooh Lord of the Flies- that would be interesting! And same here with Charlie and the great Glass Elevator- definitely didn’t work for me like the first one did.

  2. I think it makes more sense to have The Selection as a standalone, because the story is quite simple and it didn’t feel as though it needed to be stretched into (five?) books! I definitely agree that a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye would have been amazing, though – it always felt like there was so much more potential with Holden’s story.

  3. Great list, Chrissi! You’re not alone – I was never a fan of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator either.

  4. Sadly I think the Bell Jar might go the way of the author in a second book. Sigh. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  5. The overall viewpoint I’ve gotten from this week’s poss is that a lot of use really, really like our standalones and struggled to make a complete list of ones that could do with sequels… I don’t know if I ever made it past the first book of Matched or The Selection… the release of those feel like so long ago, is that weird? It can’t have been THAT long ago…

  6. I actually agree with most of the not sequeled. I think The Selection could have been longer so it could have been a stand alone. It was WAY too drug out for the series.

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

  7. I don’t think my feels can cope with a sequel to I’ll Meet You There. I don’t want anything tampering with Skylar and Josh’s happiness haha. I’d love to check in with them though.

  8. Oh, I strongly dislike anything with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so… agreed hahah. I actually really liked the Matched series, but I wonder if I’d feel the same if I read it now? As for the Selection, one thing that was NOT needed was the spinoff series, I heard that was a real hot mess!

  9. I’ve heard not-so-great things about “The Selection” sequels. I’ve only read “The Elite,” but someday do want to finish the series because they’re kind of “unplug” reads for me (the sort of books I read when I don’t want to have to think or remember all the important details). Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week, Chrissi. 🙂

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