Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sequel vs. Series

This week, we're reading Unwholly by Neal Shusterman during our month of Sequels, but if we're being perfectly honest with ourselves, Unwholly is book two in a series as opposed to be a direct sequel.

So what's the difference?

When, first, sequel implies that the author isn't planning to make any books after it.  One of the other books that we're reading this month is Where She Went by Gayle Foreman, direct sequel to If I Stay, and, as far as I know, she's not planning on making a third book.  It's really just a book to kind of wrap the multitude of loose ends in If I Stay.

However, Unwholly, by saying it's part of a series, we know that it's not going to be finished by this second book, or in this case, even the third one (little known fact: it was only supposed to be a trilogy, but the last book ended up being so long, that it got split into two books.  And, in fact, the cover of book three, is a scene that doesn't occur until book four, because it was originally supposed to be in book three when it was only going to be three books.)

Inevitably, if you say, "I'm reading the sequel to Unwind!" no one is probably going to correct you, but it's just a little more accurate and lets a person know what they're getting into when they start a whole series.

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