Friday, September 11, 2009

Other author's characters

Mostly we have mixed feelings on the subject of one author taking up another author's characters. I mean, it does happen all the time, but there's no way that the follow-ups are the original. They could be better, they could be worse, but they are unquestionably different. The Guardian reports on some big name sequels in the works.

Guardian: This autumn, eight years after Douglas Adams died, Arthur Dent and friends will be hitching across the galaxy once again, Bram Stoker's Dracula will be stalking the pages of a book for the first time in more than a century, and Winnie the Pooh will be returning to the Hundred Acre Wood in the first official sequel to AA Milne's much-loved children's books. Such continuations of the work of popular authors, who have inconveniently interrupted their output by dying, are big business for the literary world these days. Authors are being roped in left, right and centre to continue or complete legacies... More.

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