New poll - Sequel or original?

Monday, May 9, 2011


Let's say that one of your favorite author is announcing a new novel. It's been a while and you're really eager to read about his next work. Would you be more interested in a sequel to a beloved finished series /stand-alone novel or would you crave for a completely new idea?

Thinking about my answer, I found out I wasn't certain. I think it may depends on the author and his past work. Thinking of Joe Abercrombie, I would probably say that I would prefer a sequel to one of his First Law novels rather that a completely new setting/idea. The same could be said about Steven Erikson's Malazan novels or after reading the synopsis for Alloy of Law, the new Mistborn novel by Brandon Sanderson...

But then, I remember that I was almost ecstatic when I read about Richard Morgan making a series of fantasy novels. If I take into consideration the majority of authors I have read in the past, I think that even though I really like new ideas, original settings/worlds/magic systems and characters, I would still be more eager to find out that one of my favorite authors is making a sequel than a original novel. Close call.

What do you think?

Should your favorite author next book be a sequel or a new idea?

- Sequel
- New idea
- Don't care as long as he writes one

5 comments:

Doug M. said...

I'll take "new idea" any day of the week. No real surprise since my all-time favorites primarily write stand-alones. ;)

Megan said...

Like you I think it depends on the author, but overall I think I get more excited for sequels.

Val said...

Whatever the author wants to write. I love series but books written because the previous one was a big success and the publisher is looking to cash in on that are usually not quite as good.

Phil said...

So far it's a mix between sequels and just write anything.

Last year in another poll I asked whether people liked series or stand-alone better and series won... so maybe it will be the same in this case...

Mieneke said...

As long as they write another book I'm happy!

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