sequel/prequel

A few years ago my boss and I discovered we liked reading HP, every time a new one came out we had a nerdy chat about how we thought it was going to tell out in the end.

Because we knew there was an END.

JK Rowlands had explained from the off that she was writing HP till he was old enough to age out of the school system, Standard boarding school fayre if you’re from England and brought up by Mallory Towers and St.Clare’s.

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Things change when you become adult:

money that you have to earn and never seem to have enough of.

relationships – oh so simple when talking about a chaste kiss at the end of a disco. Totally complicated by being grown-up, living in a permissive society, complicated by marriage, by seperation, by divorce, by children, by no children, by in-laws, by couple friends and non couple friends. The list is endless,

parents – roles change as children grow up, roles reverse as parents age.

food – as children sweets and snacks make way for healthy food choices in adulthood.

So I totally get why she didn’t want to pursue writing past the Deathly Hallows – oh yeah

One more tiny little thing – it all gets a bit boring.

Boring might not be the right word, peaceful, comfortable, mediocre, sameness. Even if you are a wizarding prodigy, the astonishment at seeing “lens reparo” must diminish with time.

HP’s childhood ended and so did the books. The films followed, of course moviemakers are more marketing and greed savvy than authors and managed to make more films than books.

BUT

in twenty years time or in two hundred years time. Some one is going to write the prequel and numerous sequels. How can I be so sure?

“Mr Darcy Takes A Wife”, “And Another Thing,” and now the whole Bourne thing. Robert Ludlum died in 2001, five novels with his name as author have been published since his death, nine sequels to books and seven Bourne books have been published.

Conversely some writings remain as current as if they were written yesterday. The Bible cannot have a prequel because there was nothing before it: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Rev 21:6

Those film makers and marketeers, they want more of the sme, the same banality, the same sameness.

BUT

The Bible is timeless, words written thousands of years ago still speak to us in a language we understand. I couldn’t go to tea with Mrs Bennett comfortably but I could sit on the side of a dusty road and listen to the teachings of Jesus. Philip Pullman among others have written fictionalised accounts of the Bible. There is no sequel or prequel to be written on this earth of the Bible and yet it has all the words we will ever need.

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