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The book after the bestseller

Analyse the complications and challenges authors face when writing a new book after publishing a bestseller, that has earned them public acclaim. Most writers dream of writing a successful book but can this achievement turn out to be destructive? Also, our expectations as readers – do we, despite ourselves, have expectations that are inevitably unfulfilled? Do we play a hand in promoting commercial literature and hindering creativity by responding to texts and authors in a certain way?

  • This piece could include examples of books that successfully followed their bestselling prequels, as well as those that disappointed, and try to analyze the differences. – Amena Banu 6 years ago
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  • The last question, 'Do we play a hand in promoting commercial literature and hindering creativity by responding to texts and authors in a certain way?' has potential to be explored as a standalone article. – Yama144 6 years ago
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  • I agree with Yama, the topic is too large for numerous in depth questions. The first question relating to our expectations can be the basis of a solid, interesting and revealing article. – arcade13 6 years ago
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  • I can definitely see this applied to book series like Harry Potter and the way Rowling was influenced by fans and the films. – Christina Cady 6 years ago
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  • I am willing to take up this topic, but I cannot think of content. No one likes a personal opinions post or a short post. I think we either needs lots of ideas or a case study. – Abhimanyu Shekhar 6 years ago
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  • I think Harry Potter's books would be a really good comparison as Christina mentioned above. Also J K Rowling's decision to adopt a pen name afterwards. Another more recent example would be Kazuo Ishiguro - whose new release the Buried Giant - as a fantasy novel has created interesting responses. You could examine the responses to his book and compare or contrast the popular responses to his previous works. – Aliya Gulamani 6 years ago
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