Today, I'm doing the Totally Should've Book Tag, where I give some thoughts on what books I think totally should've _____ as seen on Paper Riot. The categories and my answers are below!
A Book That Totally Should Have a Sequel
Hmm, let me see. I think authors usually judge pretty well whether their story is designed to have a larger arc or not, but I do like series. A lot. As such, there are probably some individual books I could see continued. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis, Acid by Emma Pass, The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron... those could all be good.
A Series That Should Have a Spinoff
I almost never know I want a spinoff until it gets written, although I've enjoyed quite a few of them. I would definitely go for a Marauders spinoff of Harry Potter, or maybe one that focuses on Luna Lovegood post-Hogwarts. I could also get into a Hunger Games book about Finnick or Haymitch's original Games. But IDK, bro! I'm ready to take whatever's offered.
An Author Who Should Write More Books
I have an older list of auto-read authors, many of whom would still qualify for me now. After seeing Fantastic Beasts, my admiration of J.K. Rowling is also reaffirmed. I can't wait to see the rest of the movie series! I'll probably always want new books (and movies) from her. More books by Suzanne Collins would also be intriguing, though I was never interested in her first middle grade series.
A Character Who Should Have Ended Up With Someone Else
I mean, I recognize the logic of not doing it, but I really would have liked it if J.K. Rowling had put Neville and Luna together at the end of Harry Potter. Really, though, Luna's marriage as later revealed by Rowling does make a lot of sense. Yay for Scamanders!
A Book That Should Have Ended Differently
Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series, for definitely certain sure. That conclusion was not nearly as well executed as it had the potential to be. Many other series have fallen flat, but Divergent had the worst fall.
A Book or Series That Should Have a Movie
I mean, there's plenty of books I'd love to see on screen. Individual titles might include When We Collided, Challenger Deep, and The Walls Around Us. I've realized, though, that when it comes to book series, I actually prefer...
A Series That Should Have a TV Show
TV shows leave a lot more room for detail and expansion than movies do, and though there are plenty of challenges with TV writing, I believe that most book series would work better in the TV series form. I mean, just imagine a Harry Potter TV series. All of the detail. All of the moments. Yassss. I'd really love to see a show for lots of different book series: Unwind, Across the Universe, Shatter Me, the Grishaverse, Percy Jackson, you name it! I'm soooooo excited to see the Series of Unfortunate Events TV show that Netflix is putting out! The movie version was not great, but I think it'll do wonderfully as a show.
A Book That Should Have Only One POV
Generally, I like multiple POV novels, but it can go wrong. That was one of the issues with Allegiant, I think. At the least, Veronica Roth should have started the series in multiple POV if she intended to have two in the final book. Right now, I'm also reading the spinoff Beautiful Creatures series, Dangerous Creatures, and I wish it were only in Riley's POV. Because she is awesome, and I'm bored with the boys.
A Book That Should Have a Cover Change
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace, hands down. That book is so much more epic and wonderful than the cover would make it seem. It's a ridiculously cheap cover for such a good story.
A Book or Series That Should Have Kept the Original Cover
Lots of people were angry about the changes made to the Winner's Trilogy covers, and I totally agree. The original cover designs were gorgeous. Ditto for the Across the Universe books.
A Series That Should Have Stopped With Book One
Like I said before, I love series. I love getting to stay with the same characters and world , and I love seeing how the arc flows. Hence me being such a big Avengers movie universe fan, haha. As I also said before, there are many series that have failed, but I don't necessarily think they would have worked as a single title, either. I do think that the continuation of The Selection series, the last two books, were pretty unnecessary.
This is an interesting challenge to try and answer! Try it yourself, if you'd like! Thank you all for checking in, and I'll see you again Tuesday.
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