The sequel to what, you may be asking? Did I do a post, and this is a follow-up to that post? No. This is literally a post about sequels! And, more specifically, the awesome-yes-I’m-so-happy ones, and the now-I-can’t-speak-for-the-tears-will-come dissapointing ones. There’s an abundance of each, with some stories needlessly dragging on with little plot, lots of cliché, and general confusing-ness, but with others rising and expanding from their previous books and going on to become even better, 2.0 versions. And a lot of books that have horrible sequels have originals that make it onto my favorite list, while not all that have great sequels make it onto my favorite’s list at all. Either way, here, I have a list of my top 5 sequel wins, and my bottom 5 sequel fails.
1. The Harry Potter Series
The first book was great. We’re introduced to Harry and his friends. They take down a troll, deal with Mr. Snape, and use their individual advantages to stop Voldemort and save the day. Plus, we get to see a bunch of wizard candy and treats on the train to Hogwarts. I love the first book. But the series doesn’t become epic until later books. Harry grows up, and so does the depth and maturity of the writing, and so many delicious plot twists are introduced and put together, and the characters become your best friends, and you secretly develop a crush on Sirius Black, and–oh…oh, wait. Was that last one only me?
2. The Alex Rider Series
For anyone who is a fan of this bestselling action spy series by Anthony Horowitz, then give me your feedback. Do you, also, like the sequels even more than the original? Because I feel like there’s some divide on this. On one hand, the emotional vulnerability and connection to the reader that Alex develops is most prominent in the first book and other earlier ones. He hardens as time goes by, and in some ways, becomes a little intimidating. But I still like the sequels better, because the other characters in the book really have the opportunity to grow and show off their background. Like Mr. Smithers! Ah, Mr. Smithers…too epic.
3. The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging was a great start to one of my favorite series ever, but let’s be real. Things weren’t at the prime until Dave and Georgia’s true friendship developed, and Masimo came in.
4. The Stephanie Plum Series
Our little bounty hunter is just starting out in the first book, but the series grows progressively as the books go by. Plus, Ranger is featured more, and I’m definitely Team Babe in that aspect, so…yeah. I do feel that the first book has more of the mystery/cop style writing going down, while sequels take it more lighthearted and frivolous.
5. The Sisters Grimm Series
If you haven’t read these adorable, awesome fairytale books, then you have to, no matter what your age. I haven’t really watched much Once Upon a Time, but from what my friends tell me, the book follows a similar format–with all these classic fairytale people in one town, many being highlighted in different books. In any case, in the first book, the main character, Sabrina, is bossy and irritating. In subsequent books, I actually begin to like her. Always a good thing to promote a books’ sequels.
Sequel Not So Wins
1. Bridget Jones Series
Bridget Jone’s Diary is my go to book when I’m feeling down, and need a little pumping up. It’s v. funny, and Bridget wins so many times over. That said, the second one was a disappointment. It just lacked the energy, verve, and sparkle of the first book, and I prefer to just laud over the original. The third diary, released somewhat recently, improved upon the second, although the first book is still my favorite by far.
2. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Okay, I love a lot of the sequels of this book. That is to say, 1-4 were great. Fantastic! Really. But then came the fifth, geared toward adults. It featured the sisters all grown up. WHY? WHY? Why couldn’t Ann Brashares just stop after the fourth, and leave us all with the lingering sense of completion? And I’m not even mad because of *spoiler alert, stop reading, stop reading, stop it!* Tibby dies, but because the whole book was three hundred pages of sadness, and ten pages of completion. It wasn’t fun to read, like the previous four books, and instead of becoming more close to the characters, I felt distanced. The Sisterhood should have ended after the fourth.
3. The Vampire Diaries
Because several of the sequels were written by ghostwriters. L.J. Smith, the original author, was terminated from further books, and in my book (he-he, book) that is not okay.
I loved the first book. I loved the second book. The third was where it lost me. Specials, and then Extras, were good books, but they didn’t live up to the original. They were kind of confusing, and I no longer felt the connection to the characters that I felt in the first two books.
5. The Devil Wears Prada
I haven’t actually read the sequel to that, but that’s only because I heard it was so astonishingly horrid. Just look at the Goodreads plummet. The first book has a score of 3.6, while the sequel has a shockingly low 2.7. The first book was told in first person, and Andrea’s thoughts were really what made it as funny as it was, while the second one is, for some reason, in third point of view, and it apparently lacks everything that makes the first one appealing. I don’t know though, so if you’ve read these two books–give me your opinion. Is it really as bad as everyone says it is?!
So, what do you think? Do you agree with my picks of sequels that are even better than the one before, or disagree? What about the sequels that were worse? What are you favorite sequels, and what are some sequels that disappointed you and the original novel? Let me know in the comments!