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Déjà Vu All Over Again

Sep 29, 2010 9:39 AM | 0 comments

Film sequels are not for me. In my opinion, unless something is already predetermined to be a multi-part project, continuing a story that already had an end just to capitalize off its popularity usually yields mediocre results.


The same applies to book sequels, which is why it is with much caution that I approach the newest books by Terry McMillan and Bret Easton Ellis: Getting to Happy and Imperial Bedrooms, respectively.


McMillan’s Getting to Happy picks up 10 years after the women of Waiting to Exhale found some semblance of peace and harmony in their lives. Bernadine is now abusing pain meds after another failed marriage, Robin has a shopping addiction, Savannah is contemplating divorce and Gloria…well, I don’t know what Gloria’s storyline is supposed to be about.


And I remember loving to hate all of the characters in Ellis’ Less Than Zero and wondering to myself, “Is this really how the other half lives?” The rampant drug abuse, self-centeredness and sense of entitlement astounded and intrigued me, but never did the ending make me think, “I wonder how they will turn out?” Apparently, Ellis thought different. In Imperial Bedrooms, Clay returns to Los Angeles after becoming a successful screenwriter in New York and mixes it up with his old buddies, only to find those friendships aren’t as tight as they used to be.


There’s no denying that both McMillan and Ellis are great storytellers. My question is: Have they run out of stories to tell, or are Getting to Happy and Imperial Bedrooms just the natural progressions of their characters’ lives?


What books or characters would you love to continue reading about? Which book sequels do you hope never get made?


Don't forget to visit your local Library to read these titles and judge for yourself!

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