Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
My musing this week is ... a rant!
A phenomenon that has recently come to my attention involves authors who write a book from one perspective and the book is so successful that they decide to write a sequel. However, instead of creating an original story or developing and advancing an existing storyline, the author takes the easy, and dare I say it, the lazy way out to cash in on their success and rewrite the SAME story from a different point of view.
One of the better known examples of this phenomenon is Beautiful Disaster by Jamie MacGuire and its sequel Walking Disaster. As I have not read either of these books, I don't feel qualified to express an opinion on their quality, however, another more established author who has done the same is Julia Quinn in her Two Dukes of Wyndham duology - The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, two books which tell the exact same story from two points of view.
The first book is well written and charming while the second is boring and repetitive, and the question arises as to whether it is fair, and even ethical, for authors to ask their readers to fork out their hard earned money to basically re-read the same book with the same plot? It isn't as if the author announces or advertises that it is the same story.
What do you think of this trend?