Should there be a sequel?

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Post by MaryBurris » 05 Jan 2018, 11:30

I don't think there should be a sequel. If one is written, I don't think that I would read it.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 05 Jan 2018, 11:57

lavellan wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 19:33
fergie wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 12:21
I don't think there should be a sequel about the official gurus, because the book wasn't about them. It was almost the opposite of that - about learning from the surprising, unlikely people you meet everyday. That said, it's pretty clear the author is a self help, motivational guru himself, which makes it an odd kind of book. If anything, I think the chapters in the books could be expanded, as some of them could almost be novels in themselves. The chapter where he's growing up and they're all walking like their fathers, but then he breaks away for example, almost feels like a plot synopsis for a coming of age novel!
Well, I agree, this motivational book needs no sequel but there is room for further improvement
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Post by Yolimari » 05 Jan 2018, 14:01

I do not think this is the kind of book that needs or requires a sequel. For me, it was motivational memoir. That being said, I would love to read another book from the enthusiastic and uplifting Rob White.
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Post by Reviewer Book » 05 Jan 2018, 15:39

MaryBurris wrote:
05 Jan 2018, 11:30
I don't think there should be a sequel. If one is written, I don't think that I would read it.
Did you not enjoy the first?

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Post by Reviewer Book » 05 Jan 2018, 15:40

Sarah Tariq wrote:
05 Jan 2018, 11:57
lavellan wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 19:33
fergie wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 12:21
I don't think there should be a sequel about the official gurus, because the book wasn't about them. It was almost the opposite of that - about learning from the surprising, unlikely people you meet everyday. That said, it's pretty clear the author is a self help, motivational guru himself, which makes it an odd kind of book. If anything, I think the chapters in the books could be expanded, as some of them could almost be novels in themselves. The chapter where he's growing up and they're all walking like their fathers, but then he breaks away for example, almost feels like a plot synopsis for a coming of age novel!
Well, I agree, this motivational book needs no sequel but there is room for further improvement
How can it be improved?

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Post by Reviewer Book » 05 Jan 2018, 15:41

Yolimari wrote:
05 Jan 2018, 14:01
I do not think this is the kind of book that needs or requires a sequel. For me, it was motivational memoir. That being said, I would love to read another book from the enthusiastic and uplifting Rob White.
I'm glad you enjoyed this book enough to want to read more by the author!

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Post by britt13 » 05 Jan 2018, 20:32

I think we live in a society today full of series of books so we always feel like a good book should have a sequel. In this case I think that it was self contained and complete in one book.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 05 Jan 2018, 21:21

Actually no! The book is fine the way it is. Sure you can learn from other people and do a better work, but it is not your own rather a developed one. I appreciate this book specially on that the author is in the authors nature. The book display his flaws and how he developed. If we take other's advice in adding up. On my opinion then it its not great, I prefer original work.
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Post by R-g-R » 07 Jan 2018, 02:07

Sequels should come from those who have been impacted by And Then I Met Margaret. Each person should send in a chapter of a time they were helped by an ordinary guru. It could result in a whole series of books!

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Post by N_R » 07 Jan 2018, 05:07

No definitely not - I think that with the content it needs to be one of those stand alone books rather than part of a series.

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Post by KitabuKitamu » 07 Jan 2018, 08:11

What would he say in the sequel that hasn't been said in other motivational books? If there's anything of the sort then, yes! There should be a sequel.

What sells the book is the stories, which like poetry, can have a message deeper than what the author anticipated. It all depends on the reader once the author's intentions are done.
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Post by tonysgirl0805 » 07 Jan 2018, 23:30

No I do not feel there should be another book because the first one was to misleading and was not what the description led us to believe it would be. Plus I am not sure there would be anymore stories to share

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Post by TrishKissane » 08 Jan 2018, 06:42

I don't think a sequel makes sense. The sequel should be taking the nuggets of wisdom and applying it to our own life story. Looking for our own teachers (past, present & future). I think this book empowers us to do just that.

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Post by Kat Berg » 08 Jan 2018, 10:30

Quartz wrote:
03 Jan 2018, 11:20
Considering that this in a memoir, self-help book, I don't think there should be a sequel. First of all, it would be very hard, considering he's explained all of the lessons he was taught by "gurus" from his childhood to adulthood. Secondly, I just don't see fit for a sequel. If he were to write another book like this, I would prefer it to be a stand alone.
This seems to be the consensus of most. I would tend to agree. "Self-help", or motivational books are really better as standalone books. If it came out as a sequel, many would think they had to read the first one before reading the second, and that would prohibit some from reading.

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Post by Roggyrus » 08 Jan 2018, 10:41

There is no need for a sequel, or rather, the circumstances do not point to it. Rob has fulfilled in himself the culmination of the inspirational motivation that he was talking about. That could be considered a fitting closure. His success in business serves as the proper ending of the book.

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