Novels from our youth that deserve sequels tooBy Editor
Whether a good idea or not, To Kill a Mockingbird is to be followed up with a sequel.
Set in the 50s where an adult Scout returns back to Maycomb and starts to think back on her childhood, the novel was apparently written before her debut novel and was only recently found by author Harper Lee's attorney.
This is all well and good, and we're all excited to read more of Lee's work, but what about other classic texts from our teen years? I, for one, would like to see some of them be made into sequels as well. Sadly, however, many of the writers of these books have passed away, so it is up to me to pitch some ideas. Publishers, if you're reading, let's make some money.
Animal Farm: Lawn of the Dead
After 12 years in the wilderness, Farmer Jones returns back to the farm. He's teetotal and focused on driving the blasted pigs from his former player's mansion. As he starts to formulate a plan, a nearby roving sect of militant vegetarians gets contaminated by a lonesome zombie and start to amble towards Jones's property.
Will he use his agricultural finesse to stave off the undead? Will the animals and Jones reunite to save their beloved farm? Who knows? Side note: The film version will star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as Farmer Jones and a CGI Napoleon will be played by Danny Dyer.
Of Mice and Men 2: The bloodhound and the Beasts
It's 1960s L.A. There are sun, sea and beaches - it's perfect. Perhaps a little too perfect for field worker-turned-private detective George Milton. He's right to be cautious, though, as the lush veneer of the California high life starts to crack and Milton uncovers a dog kidnapping syndicate.
Best moment: George jumps out on a thug stealing a Chihuahua, pulls out a gun and whisperers, "the best-laid schemes of mice and men.....often go awry, asshole" and then blows the guy away. Sure George will be well into his middle age and the plot may seem stupid and whatnot, but it will definitely help move away from the 'themes' and stuff of Steinbeck's original.
Catcher in the Eye
Holden Caulfield is 18 years and has just enrolled at the University of Santa Barbera - a college with the best party reputation in the whole country. Upon arrival, our protagonist gets into the night scene quite heavily, before being accepted into the uni's fraternity. After a lucrative scheme whereby Holden essentially invents the spring break vacation, he realises he has given herpes to his past four one night stands.
He embarks on a mission to tell them all (remember, texting wasn't invented in those days), which ultimately ends up with him falling for one of them. Can he give up his party lifestyle? Will she forgive his unforgivable act? Only the last few pages will tell.
GCSE AQA Anthology: The Re-Up
Instead of the stuffy preachiness of the original compendium, the re-up will involve heavy textual analysis of Kanye West's lyrics via Rap Genius, all three of the Taken screenplays and those awfully written 'letters from home' the Z-listers get on Celebrity Big Brother.