Recently, I’ve had 2 betas going through two different WIP’s. One is starting on the white one and the other just finished the Red one.
As my beta finished my Red WIP, he made an interesting comment. He said that the way that I set up the ending made it perfect to follow up with a sequel.
I’ve never been fond of sequels, especially in my own writing. I always thought that if their story is over, then why would you come back later to invade on their privacy again? I like to think that once my story is over and my characters get a satisfying ending, I don’t want to imagine that they have any more conflict. Yet, that’s not true in real life. Even when we get everything we want, a degree, a house, marriage, etc, then we always think that everything is going to be perfect.
But once I finished the Red WIP, I still felt like there was more of the story to tell. Not for my Main Characters, but for some of the minor ones who hadn't gotten enough time in the sun. And perhaps that’s why the story ended like it did. A part of me knew that something more would happen. In fact, when I finished the story, I had to add an epilogue, just because it didn't feel finished yet. That's when I understood.
Now, I’m more willing to give sequels a second chance, because I understand why an author might be inclined to write one. And there have been several sequels that I’ve read that ended up improving the story.
I know this post is a little short, but it's because I want to hear your thoughts. Do characters deserve their privacy after the story’s told? Do sequels give them a second chance? How do you feel about sequels?