Oh! Yes, so I am trying to start the sequel in the Oddball trilogy.
Can I say it's not going very well?
I know what is supposed to happen in the latter half of the book, but the first half is still a mystery. I don't know much about the kingdom they are going to or why they are going there in the first place. Well, I do actually. They are going there because Jaykin has sent them on a mission there.
But what is the mission?
Yes, that's the hold up.
Right now I'm tossing up ideas of what the story will consist of, so far I've thrown these ideas around:
a lawless kingdom
Is it possible to combine these? I would say yes, but those first two, hmm. . . Challenges are good, no?
So outside of all that, I've also been thinking about what makes a sequel good, and what makes a sequel bad? A lot of sequels are just blah. But when a sequel is good, it is absolute genius!
I read a post at chasingthecrazies she mentioned that a sequel ought to introduce new characters to capture our interest. I thought that sounded good.
What about other sequels? Does this happen?
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, I thought was very good. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The new characters were awesome, creating tension and capturing our hearts (sometimes breaking them). Also the whole idea of the arena as a clock, the underground resistance group. The Hunger Games felt like preparation for the meat of the story's plot: Panem breaking away from President Snow's rule.
Maybe that is how it should be? When I think about the Divergent series as a whole and then about the single book Divergent. The first book seems like a preparation ground for the real plot. It was, may I say, a sort of initiation.
Let's talk about movies?
I liked the first Thor, but the second one? Even better! There was the introduction of a new character. You know, the intern. Poor intern. He had a name, I can't remember, and I feel honest bad for that. But we also spent more time away from earth.
The Thor sequel took us to another world (and threatened our own with alien invasion, but that's tangential ;).
How to Train Your Dragon 2. I know its animation, but that was a really good sequel, especially for an animation. There were new characters. They took us to another world. But what I thought was really cool, and unique (especially for an animation), was that the characters grew. They literally grew up and matured. They took on responsibility and their present and past achievements were acknowledged to that they were raised to a higher level of status.
The How to Train Your Dragon sequel showed growth and developed maturity in the regular characters.
The checklist of a great sequel:
1. New characters
2. It should look like the first book was written for the sequel, not the sequel was written for the first book.
3.Take us to another world
4. Growth and developed maturity in characters
What do you think? What do you like to see in sequels?