I feel weird telling authors what they SHOULD have done.
I know I do it all the time.
I do book tags almost daily.
And I like this tag. A lot.
That makes me a book expert.
Surely I know what published authors should have done with their works better than they do.
1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
Cupcake is the last book in the Gingerbread series and it’s a decent enough ending.
I would still like to know how Cyd Charisse is doing.
And not in some Ann Brashares-style distant sequel.
How is the “one day at a time” method working for her and Shrimp?
Is the cupcake business succeeding?
Did Aaron and Danny get married?
Are LisBETH and Johnny Mold still a THING? (Personally, I shipped Johnny with Cyd.)
Has Shrimp grown up yet?
Is the answer “no?” I bet it is.
2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
Ronan Lynch is finally getting the spin-off he deserves, after serving unofficially as the face of The Raven Cycle.
I would take a The Scorpio Races spin-off.
Say, a set of stories from the mainland. Or short stories about the different islanders.
Someone on the internet fantasy-cast Skandar Keynes as Finn Connolly, my FAVORITE character.
How about a TV spin-off exploring Finn’s addiction to handwashing and fixing cars?
3. An author who totally should write more books
Dear Emily Horner,
Please write more books.
It’s fine if you’re busy. I get it.
But I would love to hear more from you.
4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
Clary – I HONESTLY think you can do better.
Like, for instance…Magnus.
I know he’s your brother, but your relationship with him is ABOUT as healthy as your canon relationship with Jace.
My friends and I tired of your ship long ago.
We’re sick of sassy bad boys with no emotional depth who tell stupid stories about FALCONS.
5. Totally should’ve ended differently
Up until the last page, I hoped for some kind of miracle.
Maybe, in a twist ending, someone ELSE would become the Queen of Hearts.
I reread this book hoping for a different ending every time.
6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
I think The Lunar Chronicles books would make great movies.
Though I think we could skip Cinder altogether and start with Scarlet.
(Also, NO ONE CARES about Fairest. SKIP IT.)
I started a Scarlet spec script a few years ago. Some days I consider finishing it and optioning it to major studios.
Everyone loves sci-fi action movies!
7. Totally should’ve had a TV show
Would not The Princess Diaries make a perfect TV show?
These books are giving me a diverse cast. They’re giving me humor. They’re giving me a time capsule of early-2000s New York.
I STILL think this could work!
8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view
Sorry, Ship It.
Could have done without the “Forest learns fanfiction” plotline.
I mean, I love you…it’s just…whatever.
9. Totally should have a cover change
I’ve seen some terrible editions of Bad Kitty over the years and none of them are very satisfying or informative as to the book’s contents.
Keep the sparkles, ditch the photoshop cat.
But I guess you need the cat to keep the book from looking like a porn novel…
10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers
Dear The Ruby Oliver Quartet – WHY did you switch from fun animals to baby-faced teenage girls?
There are MORE bad covers!? What is this noise!?
I can’t find the deer edition of Real Live Boyfriends anywhere!
11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one
There was a time when a sequel to Once Upon a Marigold would have made my life.
The day I found the sequel at Border’s Books, I lost my mind.
I purchased it on the spot.
I paid ACTUAL MONEY for this book.
Twice Upon a Marigold is (how do I put this?) the absolute worst.
It gets WEIRD.
Santa Claus becomes a witch doctor dedicated to banishing evil spirits. He marries the villain’s henchwoman.
Christian and Marigold have MARITAL PROBLEMS.
Characters use the phrase “bad juju” way more than necessary.
The story wasn’t charming the second time.
I’ve heard the third book in this series is decent but I don’t have the energy to be disappointed.
I’ll do the mature thing and pretend the sequel never existed.