Recently I've been watching a lot of the movies made for Hallmark, Lifetime, etc. I don't know why, maybe because I couldn't find anyting better to do with my time.
The thing is, I came across a film series by the author Janette Oke. Much of her books are centered on families and love. The thing that bothered me the most is that there is so many sequels. And that got me thinking why I'm not a fan of sequels.
This might sound a bit strange, since one of my favorite books are the Harry Potter-series. The thing with those particurlarly is that it more feels of one gigantic book instead of seven. The story stretches over so many pages you soon don't know where one ends and the other starts.
Back to topic; Sequels.
Sequels are good, in a way. But when you write a sequel to a book that wasn't planned to have one it all feels strange. If a book have ended just fine, and it is in fact a happy ending, why destroy with sequels? A sequel should be planned and intended. Maybe my thoughts drifts to this because I don't want to know what happens next. A book is an intention to tell a specific part of the characters lives. If you write a series it should be one gigantic part of their lives that ties the beginning and ending together in a logical way.
The thing that got me thinking of this was that I re-read the storyline of one of Oke's series, Love-series. I began watching one of the movies and thought: 'Hey, this was a sweet couple.'
Then I was stupid to read the synopsis of its sequels where it's explained that the lovely husband (hot as fire) is going to die. That completely destroyed me. This is why I don't like sequels. I hate the feeling of ripping characters apart. I want the happy ending or something close to it. I don't want to know what will happen next because that's the best part. Us, as readers or viewers, gets to imagine what their next chapter will be. I disslike sequels because the author never tell it the way I pictured it. I never get fully satisfied.
Or maybe it is time for me to find my own sequel instead of bugging others.