In December a prequel to Great Expectations – called Havisham by Ronald Frame – is coming out. Not that I’ve read Great Expectations (that’s a confession!), although I have seen the BBC series. Havisham will be produced by a skilled publishing house, so could be very good, but I wondered how readers feel about this. Prequels and sequels to classics are fraught with difficulties for the new writer; the book is liable to be at either end of the spectrum – either loved or hated. I remember a sequel to Gone With the Wind. And another for Picnic at Hanging Rock. What did ever happen to Miranda? Maybe that’s a mystery we don’t want to solve?
As a reader, I have such a clear picture in my head of what characters look like that another writer’s take on what happened to them before or after the well-loved book just doesn’t work for me. I’ve never read one I liked, so I steer clear. How about you?
Exciting in the garden yesterday. I picked my own lettuce for a sandwich. Very tasty!