Does The Shining Really Need a Vampire Sequel?

Having already thoroughly exhausted the topic of movies and their bad sequels it gets us thinking about books and their sequels. I am not referring to books that are part of a series of books — such as the Harry Potter series. Rather, I mean books where the author does not intend a second book from the beginning and then opts to do so years later. This is especially the case when the second book doesn’t seem to have anything in common with the first other than its name or a good public relations firm.

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Why Bad Movie Sequels Are Made

At least twice a year my wife Elizabeth asks me some variation of the following question — why do bad sequels to movies get made? I have the rather unfortunate task of letting her know the same sad answer to this question which is this — the money they spend making and promoting the sequel is dwarfed by the money that is made at the box office and so they continue making the bad sequels until the money made is not sufficient to justify making any other bad sequels.

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