Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Good Sequel

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about what makes a good sequel!

The majority of the time I will normally prefer the sequel because I can see the character development that has gone into growing the characters. I also think that quite a bit of work can be done in a sequel to change the plot and make it so much more complex.

What do you like to see in sequels?

What I like most about sequels is the development that I can see from the first book to the second. The majority of the time in a sequel, there will be some good character development, and the plot can feel quite a bit more complex, which I love. I also think that we can get a broader range of characters in a sequel which I love because an extensive cast of characters makes the world feel more expansive.

Are there any sequels you liked more than the first book?

There are definitely sequels that I love more than the first books. These tend to be in more extended series as I feel that you get a much more expansive view of the world and the politics. I think my favourite sequel is The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. You get a much wider view of the world and are introduced to a much wider cast of characters, which is just what the plot needed. I also love the subsequent books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, but that is more to do with the direction that the plot and the romance took. But that can also have a massive impact on my enjoyment, as if a relationship takes place that I don’t like it can detract from my enjoyment of the sequel.

What makes some sequels disappointing?

I think sequels become disappointing when all of the author’s work in the first book is undone. If the characters have gone through a journey in the first book and it is undone within the first chapters of the sequel, it will really annoy me. I am also disappointed if it feels as if we are just redoing the plot of the first book again without changing anything.

Do you feel like most sequels are worse than the original, or is that just an old wives tale?

I think that that is an old wives tale because the majority of the sequels I have read are as good as, if not better than, the first book in the series. But I am also terrible at carrying on with series, so that could be part of my problem.

Do you get excited about sequels or do you prefer standalones?

I love sequels and series, so I will always favour them more than a standalone. But I think it all comes down to preference and whether I feel like the story needs a sequel.

What do you think makes a good sequel? Let me know in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Good Sequel

  1. great post!! i love sequels with great character and plot development, it makes the book and plot as a whole so much more interesting!


  2. I think good sequels are truly the mark of good planning. As long as a whole story arc is complete in the author’s mind, it should be effortless to keep the same tone throughout and do justice to the story. When a sequel isn’t good, to me, is when it feels contrived or not originally planned. When an author caves to pressure just to crank something else out, it’s not authentic. I don’t necessary fault them for this. Often times, it’s pressure from the publisher and fans. As a reader, I’m willing to wait for the RIGHT sequel so I know it will do justice to the characters I love.

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    1. I love it when you can see the little plot points that occur in the first book and are then addressed later in the series, it is truly the sign of a brilliant author. I agree, I am willing to wait years if the sequel is worth it!

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