This post has been a long time coming, but I think this might be the right time to post it, albeit a little bit late.
Prequels, sequels and novellas have been a huge trend in the publishing world. Harry Potter has Fantastic Beast, Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and some other novellas. The Mortal Instruments has The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices and Last Hours, not to mention the Codex and Bane Chronicles. Percy Jackson has Heroes of Olympus, Trials of Apollo, Demigods Diaries and others. Grisha trilogy? Six of Crows, grisha folktale and the Language of Thorns. Those are some “big-series” for examples, but whatever the series is, you’ll bet there’s some novellas or prequels or sequels attached to it.
The only one I don’t know about is The Hunger Games. There’s also the case of adding more books to the series (Lara Jean, Syrena Legacy and The Mortal Instruments are some of the examples), but we wouldn’t talk about them in this post.
The latest series joining the rank of “prequels, sequels and novellas” are The Raven Cycle and Shatter Me. Maggie Stiefvater announced the Ronan-centric trilogy, and while Shatter Me has some novellas in its series already, Tahereh Mafi also announces that there will be trilogy sequel that tells about life after battle, from Juliette and Warner povs.
The reaction of readers are definitely diverse. Some cries tears of joy, others slam table and said ENOUGH. Well, okay, maybe not that dramatic. But you get my point. Most often, the against side accuses the authors of milking the series and only in it for the money.
While it looks that way for one group of readers, does the author really milking it? Or are they simply expanding the universe of their creation? After all, they created a whole new world, rules, languages, and characters- the grisha verse is an excellent example of it- aren’t the authors have the rights to expand and use more of the materials they created themselves? And don’t you, as readers, especially if you’re a fan of the originals, want to see more of the universe?
This might seem like a blaphsemy to some, but I will do it. Why did no one accuse J.R.R Tolkien of milking LOTR series, instead saying he’s expanding the universe, but accuse modern authors of milking it? And before you throw stones and pitchforks at me; yes, I know the world and character he created were extremely complex and that created a whole new genre, so I can’t compare them. But if we don’t give a chance to authors to EXPAND their world and imagination, how can we expect them to reach (maybe impossible to some) the level other authors have?
Another point is about author writing more books for the money. The last time I checked, being an author is a job. When we’re talking about jobs, everyone is in it to get the money, to be able to fulfill their daily needs. So obviously, they are writing for the money. Is there anything wrong with that? Not as far as I’m concerned. It’s a job. They should be getting money.
Personally, I do not mind with prequels, sequels and novella. Sure it gets tiring after a while, especially if you love the authors but hate the series, that’s why you want new materials. But in that case, I’ll just stop reading the series and move on, and let people that still enjoyed it reading it. No need to shame people who still reading it, or worse, the authors.
What do you think? Are you excited for Ronan Trilogy and the Shatter Me prequel?