Are Sequels Always a Good Idea?

The Devil Wears Prada (film)
The Devil Wears Prada (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently read online that Lauren Weisberger is going to write a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Andy, Emily and Miranda will all be reappearing in a book entitled – Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. Can’t you just see the movie version already? Who wouldn’t want to see Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt reprise their iconic roles?

But is a sequel really necessary? Wasn’t everything said in The Devil Wears Prada? Miranda was a horrible boss. Andy went along with it and then she quit. The End. It was a worldwide smash hit, as was the movie. What more is there to say?

Some stories are just meant to be stand-alone. I wonder if TDWP is one of them. How many times have you seen a great movie and then the sequel just doesn’t do it any favours? (Sex and the City is a perfect example). The same can be said with books.

Writing a sequel can be dangerous.

-I see another Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt pairing-up in the movie sequel. Didn’t we all just love Meryl Streep as an uber-b*tch?
-Publishers will be seeing dollar signs. Bring out the book, then a year or two later bring out the film tie-in version and listen to the cash registers chiming around the world.
-It might be an entertaining read. I hope so. I know I’ll probably buy it.

-It’s a risky business. If it’s a stinker that is what you will be remembered for – not your original book. It can tarnish your author brand.
-The high expectations of fans of the original book will make it easy to disappoint them.
-Hasn’t Lauren already written enough about her former boss, Editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour? What’s left to say that we don’t already know?

If the story calls for it then by all means go for a sequel. But it’s a fine line between writing a sequel because the story needs to be told or writing it for the sake of needing to produce another bestseller.

2 thoughts on “Are Sequels Always a Good Idea?

  1. Literary Tiger June 27, 2012 / 11:19 pm

    Very true. The first book ended properly I thought. Andy left the job, found another one and said goodbye to Runway. What’s left? Hmmm, I’m hesitant already, but I’ll probably read it anyway if it comes out.


    • janereads June 27, 2012 / 11:21 pm

      And that’s exactly why they are doing a sequel. We will read it despite our misgivings.


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