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Books That Should Have Gotten Sequels

And Books That Should’ve Been Standalones

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Should Have a Sequel:

‘Ella Enchanted’ by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted was a standalone with the potential to be one of the best series in Gail Carson Levine’s extensive book catalog. I’m honestly still waiting on a good movie adaptation–and sequel.

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Shouldn’t Have a Sequel:

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

The characters didn’t feel like themselves. And we skipped a considerable part of Scout’s life. We shouldn’t have gotten a dying Atticus; we should have gotten a curious teenage Scout instead.

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Should Have a Sequel:

‘The Keepers’ Tattoo’ by Gil Arbuthnott

In the world of The Keepers’ Tattoo, twins are marked with a prophecy in a language only Keepers can read. Nyssa and Kit were the last to be marked before the Keepers were killed by the Shadowmen.

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Shouldn’t Have a Sequel:

‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men follows the students at Jo March’s school, Plumfield. The final book in the trilogy, Jo’s Boys, follows those students all grown up and living their adult lives. It’s not that interesting, especially if you’re still on Team Laurie.

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Should Have a Sequel:

‘Tuck Everlasting’ by Natalie Babbitt

Winnie was only ten when she met the immortal Tuck family. There are bound to be more stories about them that Babbitt has in her head. I want to know what Winnie’s life after Jesse was like!

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Shouldn’t Have a Sequel:

‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith

Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians is pretty much just like the classic flick, but the sequels take a hard left turn that even Disney wasn’t going to take. The Starlight Barking takes the story of the Dalmatians and turns it into a sci-fi adventure.

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