The post this week is all about what I need for me to love a sequel. I need...
- Something significant to happen. Often what happens is that there's a whole bunch of filler and then something happens at the end to somehow make it all worth it. But really it just makes me mad. I HATE FILLER BOOKS!
- The romance (if there is one) to blossom. I don't care if they're soul mates, or if they're at each other's throats. There needs to be some serious progress with the romance.
- Character development without it getting boring. Sometimes, the author decides to get into the back stories of all the characters because it's the middle book and the final book needs to have enough room to wrap everything up. But it just makes for a very boring sequel. And yet, it can't all be action. Otherwise, you feel disconnected from the characters. It's a touch balance.
- Something new to happen. Whenever I think to reference this, I always go with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There's always the underlying character drama, but then a new demon comes to town and Buffy just has to take it out. But it also has to add in a way to the entire story arc or character development.
- Some recap, but not something that lasts an entire chapter or more. I understand needing the readers to remember what happened because otherwise they'll be lost. But authors need to find a more sly way to do it, where the reader isn't bored.
What do you guys need in a sequel to love it? Let me know in the comments!