Writing Prompt – If you could create a sequel to one favorite (standalone) movie, which would it be? How would it build on the original?
I love movies and sequels can be a tricky thing, there rarely is any middle ground, they can either be really good or really bad, but more than anything they are made to get more money out of the audience… so before I begin with my answer let me tell you what I thought was the worst sequel in my opinion is Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the original was sheer perfection and it left that audience perplexed and wanting more (which is why this hideous sequel was made). Best Movie Sequel… hands down are Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Although you can watch them as stand along the three of them together give the audience the complete story of Andy and his toys (plus the ending of 3 made me cry)
Now if I were to create a sequel it would be to the mini series Lost in Austen. More than likely you haven’t heard of it, so let me give you a quick over view : Lost in Austen is a four-part 2008 British television series for the ITV network, written by Guy Andrews as a fantasy adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she’s swapped places with Austen’s fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet through a portal in her bathroom. to join the Bennet family
In the end (spoiler alert) Amanda and Darcy, Elizabeth returns to Modern London to contue her job as a nanny, and finally Jane and Bingley get married and plan to live in America (well that is after she divorces her husband Mr. Collins, and George Wickham makes a play for Caroline (who is an lesbian)
Why would a sequel be useful…. this story is hardly finished… naturally the Jane Austen portion is…. I would like to know how Elizabeth acclimates to modern London, does she find love? Will Amanda be able you go back to Modern London and how will her absence be explained to her family? Wickham wooing a lesbian is comedy enough, and finally the misadventures of the Bingley’s in the new world…. Since Carrie Brownstein is currently penning a movie based on the mini series it will be interesting if she goes beyond where the miniseries left off. Although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea for a Janeite like me, it makes me tingle.
Until Next Time….