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Interesting piece about sequels written by a different author...


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http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7417653.stm


More than 40 years after Ian Fleming's death a new James Bond book is published this week. How does someone seamlessly step into the shoes of famous writer and what do pastiched authors think of their imitators?

Writer Sebastian Faulks could be forgiven for pausing a little longer than normal before committing to the first sentence of his latest novel.

Unlike his previous works, including the celebrated novels Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, Faulks' new tome is less of a purely personal endeavour; more about mimicry. The object of his emulation - James Bond creator Ian Fleming.



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But in grasping the Bond baton, Faulks is also following in the footsteps of another well trodden bookish tradition - the literary franchise. Recent examples include the Godfather Returns and the Godfather's Revenge, in which Mark Winegardner took on the story originally set down by Mario Puzo.

It took more than 50 years for Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With the Wind to be followed up. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley appeared in 1991. While Sally Beauman's 2001 novel Rebecca's Tale picked up where Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca left off.

How do writers go about taking on the mantle of loved and respected authors while keeping fans of the original happy - and reading?




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Whirliegig wrote:Interesting piece about sequels written by a different author...


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http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7417653.stm


More than 40 years after Ian Fleming's death a new James Bond book is published this week. How does someone seamlessly step into the shoes of famous writer and what do pastiched authors think of their imitators?

Writer Sebastian Faulks could be forgiven for pausing a little longer than normal before committing to the first sentence of his latest novel.

Unlike his previous works, including the celebrated novels Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, Faulks' new tome is less of a purely personal endeavour; more about mimicry. The object of his emulation - James Bond creator Ian Fleming.



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But in grasping the Bond baton, Faulks is also following in the footsteps of another well trodden bookish tradition - the literary franchise. Recent examples include the Godfather Returns and the Godfather's Revenge, in which Mark Winegardner took on the story originally set down by Mario Puzo.

It took more than 50 years for Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With the Wind to be followed up. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley appeared in 1991. While Sally Beauman's 2001 novel Rebecca's Tale picked up where Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca left off.

How do writers go about taking on the mantle of loved and respected authors while keeping fans of the original happy - and reading?




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And another famous author - Colonel Sun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel_Sun

Edit - As mentioned in the report :oops:




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Pride and Prejudice has many sequels....


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this is just a few of them...there's so many more!

( couldnt resist posting this lot - I love book jackets!)

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