7 Sequels You Won't Believe Were Written by Different Authors ...


Authors often write a sequel to one of their books when it proves a success, or because they have more of the story to tell. Sometimes, however, the sequel is written by a different author altogether after the original author's death. It's a brave writer who takes on the task of following up a much-loved literary classic, but this has happened with some pretty famous novels …

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Return to Wuthering Heights

Return to Wuthering Heights amazon.com

Emily Bronte's only novel not only inspired Kate Bush's first hit, but also this little-known sequel by Nicola Thorne. It's Wuthering Heights: The Next Generation, with moodiness on the Moors carried on by Cathy and Heathcliff's children. In a typical soap-opera twist, the previously unknown son of Heathcliff even turns up …


Thorne spins an intriguing web as she breathes new life into the haunting landscape of the Yorkshire moors, with all the gothic elements fans of the original would expect. The unexpected arrival of Heathcliff's heir ignites fresh turmoil and passionate entanglements that echo the intensity of the first love story. Brace yourself for dramatic confrontations and secrets unraveling as this novel promises to answer questions left hanging by Brontë, while also carving out its own place in the troubled legacy of Wuthering Heights.


60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye

60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye amazon.com

Rather than writing a straightforward sequel, the 'new' writer can of course opt to do something a little different with the characters. In this sequel to Catcher in the Rye, Fredrik Colting has JD Salinger actually meet up with an older Holden Caulfield, the hero of Salinger's original novel. Salinger himself was still alive at the time, and promptly took legal action for copyright infringement,



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However, sometimes an author's estate does authorise a sequel, as was the case with the follow up to Gone With The Wind. Frankly it's hard to imagine why anyone thought this should be written. I'm always impressed by the decision to end a book or movie without a happy resolution, and Rhett walking out on Scarlett is where the story should have ended.


Nevertheless, the allure of Gone With The Wind proved too strong to resist, and thus we were given Scarlett, penned by Alexandra Ripley. This continuation, albeit officially sanctioned, treads on the hallowed legacy of the original. It's bold, yes. To meddle with such an iconic ending as that of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler was certainly a gamble. It ventures to answer the burning question: "What happens next?" But, for many devotees, that question was better left to the imagination, lingering in the mists of the old South, as untouchable as the memory of Tara itself.


Dracula the Un-Dead

Dracula the Un-Dead amazon.com

This sequel was written by a distant relative of Bram Stoker, so there would seem to at least be some connection. However, just because one person can write does not mean that a relative of theirs can! But this sounds like an imaginative take on the Dracula legend, in which Stoker tries to adapt his book into a play, while it turns out that vampires really do exist …


And Another Thing …

And Another Thing … amazon.com

If you're going to write a sequel to someone else's book, then it helps if you're regarded as a decent author in your own right. Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl books, was picked to follow up Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In a very Adams-esque way, it's touted as being the 'sixth book in a trilogy'.


A Memory of Light

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There is probably no greater rage than that of a sci-fi or fantasy fan unhappy with how their favorite book is treated. They often have very definite ideas about where a story should go. Sadly Robert Jordan died before completing the final book of his epic Wheel of Time series. His notes were later handed over to another brave writer, who took on the task of trying to keep all those expectant fans happy …


Death Cloud

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There's seemingly no end of retellings of the famous detective these days, what with Sherlock and Elementary. But if you're interested in reading about Sherlock's early life, there's this series of books by Andrew Lane. They're aimed at the young adult market.

What do you think of authors writing a sequel to someone else's book? Is it literary theft, a lack of imagination, or filling in the gaps?

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GWTW definitely did well with a sequel...more than romance it is a story of Scarlett and we all know that she gets what she wants... It was interesting to kno how she got everything together...including rhett...

Margaret Mitchell (author of gone with the wind) got hit by an off duty cab driver before she could write the sequel to one of my favorite books! So tragic!

Dracula is my favorite book, so I read Dracula the Un-Dead a few years ago. As a standalone book it was decent but as a sequel I found it disappointing. The sequel was published more than a century later than the original and the storyline and writing style made that very clear. I think it would have been better to have it written by someone who could have more accurately captured the essence of the original novel, instead of just re-introducing the characters.

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