Okay. Have you ever read a book, which is a part of a series, fell in love with the characters, looked up the sequel, only to find out that the next book is no longer focused on the characters you fell in love with? Those characters have practically been taken away from you. WHY? I ask (or scream) do authors do this?
It is understandable if an author wants to explore a particular character more, but isn’t this what a spin off series is for? I mean Joss Whedon did this with Angel – this isn’t only something that happens with book series, but also TV and movies. A lot of the time though, it annoys me when they change an actor. Angel left Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which left me devastated, but he did pop up in episodes now and then and there were times that Buffy crossed over into an Angel episode. I think that if an author wants to explore another character more, then I would prefer it if they do this in a spin off series.
Not too long along, I read These Broken Stars; it had a little bit of a rocky start for me, but all in all I liked it. When I learnt more about the sequel, I came to learn that it does not focus on Lilac and Tarver. This is just annoying! When I come to eventually read the sequel, there’s a good chance I will like it, but I want to read about the two main characters I have come to really like. Also, it is possible for authors to include other characters and still have the main characters very much present. ‘The Raven Cycle’ is a good example of having a good balance. Each book is told from the POV of one of the group of friends – and if I remember rightly, sometimes even includes the POV of the villain – while still having all main characters present.
These Broken Stars is not the only book whose characters I will miss when reading the sequel. It is no secret that I am a big Graceling fan, so imagine my shock when I found out that Fire and Bitterblue, the sequels, do not focus on Katsa and Po. I think they may make appearances at some point – I’m not completely sure – but I want to continue with Katsa and Po’s adventures. So, to end this little rant, I will just say: please don’t break my heart and take away those characters that I have come to love.