Good point, Davis, although returning to the scene of one's success is
understandable, I suppose, while attempting to write a sequel to perhaps the
greatest American novel is--well, what would you call it? Some might say
vanity, others foolishness, others laudable.? Save for death of the
protagonist(s) (and possibly not even then) I suppose almost any novel might
be sequelized. There's a whole school of writing called "fanfic" that uses
existing characters and some plotlines (such as writing a Star Trek episode,
etc.)--and this fiction writing is not allowed in some workshops, though it
may be a good way for novices to begin their writing career, even though
some call it plagiarism of the worst order.
Is a sequel to a classic akin to plagiarism? A question which could be
argued either way.
David H. Fears