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What's your favorite sequel?


I've got a great guest post from author, J. A. Campbell (aka phoenixfirewolf), tomorrow. It's about writing sequels. With that in mind my question for today is: What's your favorite sequel?

Moviewise, I can't choose between the fourth Die Hard and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  

As for books, allowing for the fact that the second and third parts of Lord of the Rings don't really qualify as sequels ie: they're not complete stories in themselves, it's a toss-up between Terry Pratchett's Nightwatch and my favorite J. K. Rowling novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  


How about you?

What are your favorite sequels?



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authorwithin
Jul. 18th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Last Crusade was by far the best Indiana Jones sequel, but in all honesty, I can't think of a favorite movie or book sequel. I can choose my least favorite book sequel with no trouble(the pathetic attempt at a sequel to Gone With The Wind which was really more like fan fiction than a "real" book IMO), but coming up with a favorite is stumping me. There have been many book wise . . . the Harry Potter sequels (though Goblet of Fire is also my favorite), The Magic Thief sequels, The Timekeeper's Moon (sequel to The Farwalker's Quest), and there are so many more. ;-)
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Sadly, all too many sequels give the impression they were written to cash in on the original, rather than to entertain :(
amysisson
Jul. 18th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Favorite sequels....

Movies: Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the second and third Toy Story movies, Terminator 2.

Books: several in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series, Janet Tashjian's Vote for Larry (although the third book is one of my absolute least favorite sequels), Glenda Larke's Gilfeather, Mary Doria Russell's Children of God, the second and third books in the Hunger Games trilogy.... the list goes on and on!
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
An impressive list :)
msstacy13
Jul. 18th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Toy Story 3
clarionj
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, I wasn't coming up with anything, but I'll go with this one too!!
msstacy13
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
I feel like a trendsetter!

The Four Musketeers would be the best sequel ever,
but it wasn't actually a sequel, it was just the second half...
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I did enjoy that one, but if I had to choose, I'd say it wasn't quite as good as Toy Story 2
msstacy13
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
As they say,
individual results will vary...

As for books,
I'm leaning toward the Narnia books...
mary_j_59
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
The Narnia Books! How could I have forgotten those? I guess it's because I don't tend to see them as sequels to each other - but, of course, they are!
msstacy13
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
They could be understood as "books" in a larger single "Book"
I guess...
snapes_angel
Jul. 18th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
My favorite sequel? One that makes sense!

Actually, I'd have to go into the Killer Tomatoes series of movies. Each movie improved upon the previous ones, when it came to plot.
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any of the Killer Tomatoes movies yet. I'll have to look them up on Netflix :)
snapes_angel
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think you'll be disappointed. They may be silly and random seeming, but overall, the plots are fairly strong, if silly.
phoenixfirewolf
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, You're movie sequels are both good. I'd have to go with Indiana Jones because they are my all time favorite movies every, but Live Free or Die Hard rocks too. :)

Books... hmmm... That's a tough one. I love so many books. I don't think I can decide.

Julie
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Books are a toughie. I suspect my 'favorites' change regularly :)
mary_j_59
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, good question, Mike! I had to think about this one for a long time. In movies, my favorite sequel is Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home, followed by Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In books, I really think it's Madeleine L'Engle's a Wind at the Door, though I also love all of Lloyd Alexander's sequels to The Book of Three.
jongibbs
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Lol, Mike? :)
mary_j_59
Jul. 18th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ohmygosh, Jon! I know I was tired, but I didn't realize I was THAT tired! I was mixing you up with Mike Mullin!
jongibbs
Jul. 19th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Is he roguishly handsome too? ;)
mary_j_59
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think so, but in a different way.
ladysaotome
Jul. 18th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
I agree - Voyage Home is my favorite of the Star Trek movies!
jongibbs
Jul. 19th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
'Are you sure it isn't time for a "colourful metaphor", captain?'
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jongibbs
Jul. 19th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't read that one. I'll have to add it to my tbr list :)
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