It’s the first Saturday of the month so that means it’s #6degrees of separation time! This month’s starting book is The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
You can find the details and rules of the #6degrees meme at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, but in a nutshell, on the first Saturday of every month, everyone has the same starting book and from there, you connect in a variety of ways to other books. Some of the connections made are so impressive, it’s a lot of fun to follow.
My first link is to the one and only Henry James novel I have read, The Portrait of a Lady. From here I’m linking to Mrs Osmond by John Banville, a contemporary written sequel to the classic, which I haven’t yet read but very much want to.
I quite like these contemporary written sequels and one in particular that I enjoyed was Wild Island by Jennifer Livett, a sequel of sorts Charlotte Bronte’s magnificent Jane Eyre.
One sequel to a classic that didn’t work for me was Alexandra Ripley’s Scarlett, the sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. It was just as enormous as the novel it was inspired by, but was pretty much entirely forgettable.
Do you like contemporary sequels to classic novels?
That’s my six degrees for this month. 📚