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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Wednesday Wonderings: Sequel POV
Now that Stream Pirates is wrapping up into the editing stages, I've been thinking about what comes next. At the moment I'm toying with a post-apocalyptic YA novel (a little snippet of which is now in my "Writing" sidebar), but I would also like to do a sequel to Stream Pirates. I'm inordinately picky about my sequels; unless they have a continuing thread that builds off of the first book's climax, I generally don't like them. I'm pleased with how Stream Pirates ended; I think it would be too much of a stretch if I built off of Yazoo and Alluvial's story. That being said, I was considering continuing it from another character's POV.
The general consensus with sequels from other characters' POV's has never been good. They don't sell as well, they don't live up to the wonders of the first book's characters, they fall short in any number of ways. So my question of the day is: how do you feel about sequels from other characters' POV's? Do they signal an automatic no-buy for you, or do you give them a chance?
The only series I've read and liked that had sequels from other characters' POV's was the Twelve House series by Sharon Shinn. And she is fabulous, so of course it was awesome. But everything else I've read along these lines has left me unable to focus and/or accept this new character because I'm already so in love with the former ones.
So, what's the verdict? Am I the only one whose loyalty interferes with sequels?