The Art of the Sequel

Publishers, like film studios and broadcasters, have been trading off literary hits for decades. And 2013 was another bumper year of literary reinvention.

Earlier this month, a writer was hired to pen a fourth instalment to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson’s hit trilogy that has taken the book – and film – worlds by storm.

Larsson died in 2004 while working on a fourth novel. David Lagercrantz has now been commissioned to take on the characters of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, as Swedish publishers look to cash in on Larsson’s cult creation.

They are not alone.

This year also saw Sebastian Faulks take on Jeeves and Wooster, William Boyd tackle James Bond and Joanna Trollope take on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, as well as another spin-off of the ever popular classic Pride and Prejudice, in the form of Jo Baker’s Longbourn.

There was also the announcement of a new novel featuring Agatha Christie’s Belgian crimebuster Hercule Poirot, due for publication next year.

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2 thoughts on “The Art of the Sequel

  1. Sherlock Holmes is now in the public domain, open for all to imitate, sequelize, etd..
    It’s all good I suppose— and of course she read your post! Just too snobby to give you credit.

    • That’s those British journalists for you. ..I actually like the Sherlock Holmes adaptations. I enjoy the way contemporary writers try to get to grips with his unusual personality. I think the new season of Sherlock starts tonight. Do not attempt to contact me while it’s on 🙂

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