Books That Need a Prequel

Books That Need a Prequel

Long and Short Reviews has created a Wednesday blog hop challenge with a number of interesting topics. As many are book-related, I’d love to join in on the convo. Feel free to comment.

Book sequels are my kryptonite. Even if I care little to nothing for the initial story, I give the followup a read. Call it a three strikes rule, I suppose, though I have abandoned a number of series. I fizzled out of the Outlander and Song of Ice and Fire series, and right now I’m slogging through the sequel to John Jakes’ North and South. I’m committed to finishing this one, though, as part of my 2019 resolution to read more.

Prequels, now? An unconscious wish list exists in the cobwebs of my mind. At one time the unspoken request for a Hannibal Lecter backstory sat there, and it eventually came true. There are other books/series I feel could benefit from the prequel treatment. If anybody wants to take a stab at these:

The Kinsey Millhone series – Sue Grafton’s family has stated the stories end at Y. I’m sorry she didn’t get to finish the alphabet, as I’ve read nearly the entire series. Grafton’s Kinsey is one inspiration for the sleuths I have written. I always thought her character would make a good YA mystery protagonist, too – a hybrid of Veronica Mars and Nancy Drew. Imagine the stories one might tell about a teenage Kinsey gaining an interest in law enforcement.

Misery – I read this book on a twelve-hour drive from Florida to Kentucky. Just inhaled it. I love the movie, too. As you get into the story you discover all this disturbing s–t about Annie Wilkes, and there’s enough there for a creepy second book. Why not a prequel? What the hell happened to turn Annie into this obsessive angel of death?

The Handmaid’s Tale – I include this here mainly because I’m invested in the TV series. This past season didn’t awe me like the previous one, and normally I’d tap out but I’m curious to see how many other characters get backstories. Aunt Lydia, for one. I want to punch her in the face, but I also have to know what got her into this position where she is basically strongarming women into…bleh. You know what, this is depressing. Let’s think of a happier prequel idea.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Another great Kathy Bates film, but the movie doesn’t tell half the book. If you’ve read this you probably think it’s odd I’d include it here. It’s a non-linear story that spans decades and covers just about everything…except Ninny’s entire story. Yes, she’s the storyteller who draws Evelyn into this saga of discreet lesbians, fried food, Klan raids and murr-derr, but that’s the thing. Ninny tells everybody’s stories but offers so little about herself. The movie is done in a way that hints Ninny and Idgie Threadgood are the same person, but in the book it’s clear they are separate people. This may count more as a parallel book, but I think Ninny deserves her own full story, and Fannie Flagg has written series before. I’m sure she could think of something.

So that’s all I have. Here’s Annie Wilkes to remind you that prequels are good, but sequels could get your ankles busted.

Here is a list of my available romances and thrillers.

2 thoughts on “Books That Need a Prequel

  1. I love series … love them. I am never ready to give up characters I adore, so gobble up books like candy. I’d actually like to read the books about Misery that made Annie Wilkes so obsessed. If they’re that good, they should be shared with us! Of course … she dies at the end, so there’s that.

    I was and still am desperately sad that Sue Grafton didn’t finish the alphabet, but I like your idea. Kathy Reichs has started a YA series based on characters from her Temperance Brennan adult series and it’s great.

    Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again next week 🙂

  2. Ooh, The Handmaid’s Tale is a great choice! Yes, there were so many parts of the characters’ backstories that were never explained, Aunt Lydia included.

    Did you know that Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to this book? It’s called “The Testaments,” and it’s coming out in September. Maybe she’ll figure out a way to explain some things there.

    This was my response to the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge:

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