PREQUELS PREQUELS PREQUELS! Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be discussing prequels (if you haven’t guessed already). If you don’t know, prequels are books that take place before the original story, sometimes they’re a money grab and sometimes the author actually means to make a real story out of them. Sometimes, the prequels are even better than the main series. Well, enough talk, let’s get to what I think about prequels.
Prequels Being Written to for Money
When I think of prequels being written for money, the first author I think of is Cassandra Clare. That woman has officially milked the Shadowhunter world. I think any prequel being written for money should not be written. Writing is a passion, right? That means that any book that you write should be because you have a fantastic idea and you want to truly write a book regardless if it sells. It should be because you love it.
I’m not saying that Clare doesn’t love writing, but I can say, all the drama about plagiarism makes me want to steer clear. Her prequel series The Infernal Devices is actually better in my opinion than the main series, The Mortal Instruments. I doubt it was on purpose. But we all know that if that series wasn’t written for money, I can tell you the rest of her series’ in the Shadow world are. Who writes a sequel series to the prequel series?! When does something come to an end? As they say…all good things come to an end.
Do I Read Prequel Novels?
It depends. If the series is one of my most favorite books ever, then I probably will. But typically I lean away from prequels because for one, they are either ebooks that are overpriced, they come in a special edition of a book that I can’t afford, or I just have no interest in buying a book with different characters other than the ones I love from the main series.
Have you read any prequels before? Here are some books with prequels down below. Some of them I’ve read, some I haven’t!
- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
- The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas
- The Kill Order by James Dashner
- The Fever Code by James Dashner
- Extras by Scott Westerfield
- Tiger’s Promise by Colleen Houck
The Benefits of Prequel Novels (from the readers perspective)
Though prequels can be a pain in the butt, there are some benefits for the reader. How things came to be and that kind of thing. For example, Cassandra Clare did an excellent job doing this with her Infernal Devices series. It was also written so much better than TMI which also helped. Prequels can also be fun to see the ‘before’ aspect of a story and what life was like before the events that lead up to the main series.
Overall, though I enjoy reading some prequels, I also can find prequels to be really unnecessary sometimes. I also dislike when authors write prequels only to make money, it makes me sad that simple things like books are now about money instead of passion.
What prequels have you read? Did you like them just as much as the main series? Tell me down below in the comments and thanks for reading!