Literary Necrophilia

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Dave Barry, "Compressed Classics"

This is what happens when you write a sequel to a series that was finished long ago, or continue the work of a dead author without his or her permission. Not to be confused with literal necrophilia or Literary Mash-Ups that involve zombies.

Some authors, such as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis are famous for avoiding this by virtue of a throng of fanatic fans. (Not in Russia though.)

See also Outlived Its Creator and Sequel Gap.


Comic Books


  • Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea relates the plot of Jane Eyre from the POV of Rochester's mad Creole wife. It's unimaginably brilliant.
  • Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind.
    • And The Wind Done Gone, telling the original story from the point of view of the slave characters.
    • And Rhett Butler's People, from the point of view of...guess. The difference is, this one is authorized, and it adds a new ending.
  • There are a billion and one sequels to Pride and Prejudice. Readers apparently can't stand Lizzie never getting into Darcy's pants.
    • Well, Lizzie and Darcy did get married at the end of the book, so it's strongly implied that they did get into each other's pants. It's more like readers apparently can't stand never seeing the actual act happen on-page. To correct this there has recently been released a "Wild And Wanton Pride & Prejudice" which includes all the dirty naughty bits that readers have been hungering for. Jane Austen's ghost will come to haunt Michelle Pillow yet...
    • For every continuation of the original story, there must be at least ten versions of the original novel told from Mr. Darcy's perspective.
    • Not of course forgetting ''Pride and Prejudice and Zombies', a twofer zombification of the original.
    • Joan Aiken did a continuation of Mansfield Park, featuring Fanny's lively young sister Susan and Edmund's brother Tom, called Mansfield Revisited, as well as a Perspective Flip of Emma called Jane Fairfax.
  • The Time Ships is a sequel to The Time Machine written by Stephen Baxter.
  • Flatland, of all things, has many, including one penned by the original square's granddaughter, Victoria A. Line.
  • The Tripods is a weird double example. The original trilogy is essentially a sequel to The War of the Worlds, written 70 years later. Then 20 years after the conclusion of the original trilogy, John Christopher decided to write a prequel to his old series, which winds up being basically The War of the Worlds all over again.
  • Night Of The Triffids adds extra gunfire and explosions and throws in some Hollywood Evolution as well, yet still manages a pretty fair stab at emulating John Wyndham's style of writing. Not exactly high art, but a decent page-turner.

Live-Action TV

  • William Shakespeare examples:
    • The Virgin Queen – by F.G. Waldron from 1797, is a sequel to The Tempest, in which Prospero returns home, bringing along Caliban, who causes trouble.
    • Fortinbras, by Lee Blessing, 1991 Set immediately following William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the play recounts the events after Hamlet's death that go on throughout Elsinore. The play includes almost every character from Hamlet returning as a ghost.
    • Juliet in Mantua by Robert Nathan from 1966 presents Rosaline from Romeo and Juliet as a fully developed character. In this sequel, in which Romeo and Juliet did not die, the pair live ten years later in exile in Mantua. When Rosaline shows up in Mantua with her husband County Paris, both couples must confront their disillusionment with their marriages.
    • After Juliet, written by Scottish playwright Sharman Macdonald, tells the story of Rosaline after Romeo dies. A main character in this play, she struggles with her loss and turns away the advances of Benvolio, who has fallen in love with her.
    • The Doctor of Rome, by Nat Colley, takes up from The Merchant of Venice, following Daniel, Shylock’s grandson, as he re-opens the decades-old court case of the previous play. Portia must once again appear in drag to defend herself.
    • The Thyme of the Season by Duncan Pflaster takes place three months after the events of A Midsummer Night's Dream, on Halloween Night, when the fairies must sacrifice a human soul to hell.
    • Romeo & Juliet & Zombies by Melody Bates begins with Act V of Romeo and Juliet and gives them a second chance at love, as the living dead.
    • Dunsinane, by David Greig, follows the wife of Macbeth after he dies, with an emphasis on historically accuracy (Shakespeare’s play was based on actual events, but he took several liberties).
    • Ephraim Kishon wrote a play titled Oh, Oh, Juliet. It's a sequel to Romeo and Juliet, in which it turns out they both faked their death and went on to live Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Figaro Gets a Divorce, Ödön von Horváth's 1936 sequel play to Beaumarchais' 1778 The Marriage of Figaro.