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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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Jul. 18th, 2011 03:12 pm (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. ;-)
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sadly, all too many sequels give the impression they were written to cash in on the original, rather than to entertain :(
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:15 pm (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!
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
An impressive list :)
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Toy Story 3
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, I wasn't coming up with anything, but I'll go with this one too!!
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:47 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...
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:30 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
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
As they say,
individual results will vary...

As for books,
I'm leaning toward the Narnia books...
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:45 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!
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
They could be understood as "books" in a larger single "Book"
I guess...
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:49 pm (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.
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any of the Killer Tomatoes movies yet. I'll have to look them up on Netflix :)
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:18 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.
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:16 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.

Jul. 18th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Books are a toughie. I suspect my 'favorites' change regularly :)
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:42 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.
Jul. 18th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Lol, Mike? :)
Jul. 19th, 2011 03:08 am (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!
Jul. 19th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Is he roguishly handsome too? ;)
Jul. 20th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Yes, I think so, but in a different way.
Jul. 19th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
I agree - Voyage Home is my favorite of the Star Trek movies!
Jul. 19th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
'Are you sure it isn't time for a "colourful metaphor", captain?'
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Jul. 19th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't read that one. I'll have to add it to my tbr list :)
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