Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining will be published on 24 September 2013, Stephen King has announced – 36 years after The Shining was first published in 1977. This is exciting news for fans of King. Is it also a risk? Writing a sequel to such an iconic novel (immortalised by Jack Nicholson in the film)? For other writers, maybe. But King always comes across as wise and sensible, a dogged hard-worker who gets what it is to write the best you can. His book “On Writing’ is a must-read for all aspiring writers and for established ones too.
What other sequels (or prequels) have been a success? And how do you judge success?