Booking Through Thursdays

This week’s question is:

If you could get a sequel for any book, what would it be?

Right now? Portrait of a Lady, for three reasons.

  1. I enjoyed the book and would love to be able to re-enter its world.
  2. James created a character that I like, then closed the novel with an ambiguous ending. I want to know if Isabella leaves Gilbert! And for that matter, what happens to poor Pansy?
  3. Since  no sequel exists, for one to suddenly appear would require one of two things: either a dead author would need to come back to life; or he would need to otherwise project his consciousness into physical reality. And either scenario would have quite intriguing metaphysical implications :-D


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9 Responses to Booking Through Thursdays

  1. ElizabethW says:

    I’ve never read Portrait of a Lady. I tried reading Washington Square, and gave up, because I hated all the characters passionately.

    The story of how a sequel came to be written by a deceased author would be a great story all its own, though!

  2. Kirsten says:

    Did you really! Now I’ll have to take a peek at it WS again to see if I liked them . . .

    The heroine of Portrait I totally got. She’s flawed in ways that are surprisingly 21st century — she overestimates her ability to think her way through life and so makes a terrible marriage.

  3. Anya says:

    Love reason #3! Could be interesting ;)

    Here’s my BTT – House Millar series


  4. The other great James, M. R. James, might manage it, though :-)
    But then again, I don’t like sequels.

  5. Kirsten says:

    @Anthony “Tell me why!”

  6. Gigi Ann says:

    I prefer a good stand alone book, to sequels. I think it is difficult to follow a good book with a good sequel. I try reading some books that are series, but I soon tire of them, it seems they just repeat the same stories, but with different names of the characters.

  7. Oh, I need to check this book out! It sounds great, judging by the title it’s exactly what I would call my cup of tea ;-)
    And hell yeah, I’m in! Let’s start a petition :-)

  8. Kirsten says:

    @Vicky I have a soft spot for 19th century novels . . .

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