Should there be a sequel?

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Re: Should there be a sequel?

Post by uyky » 17 Jan 2018, 12:15

No. There is nothing more to tell. His lessons taught him what he thought he needed to know and I would deffinetly not want more of stating the obvious.

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Post by BookishCreature » 17 Jan 2018, 13:40

No, some of the stories were already a bit of a reach. I think we'd all be disappointed if White sat down and tried to find 20 *more* random people from his life that he could ascribe a moral to. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes out with more self-help style books, but I don't think they'll follow the same format.

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Post by rik17 » 18 Jan 2018, 00:23

BookishCreature wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 13:40
I wouldn't be surprised if he comes out with more self-help style books, but I don't think they'll follow the same format.
I think the same, the fact that there is a long term plan involved.

The basic aspects I admired were how much he recalled and how he represented the events. I will like it if he follows the same 'flavor', if not a similar format.

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Post by Mjgarrison » 18 Jan 2018, 11:30

I think this was a perfect stand alone book. Maybe making a whole new book would be good, but I’m not sure adding to this one would be a good choice.

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Post by DustinPBrown » 19 Jan 2018, 11:29

I don't see how you could make a sequel to this unless it was just more lessons and stories from his life. But we've already covered a big part of his life and what seems to be the most important moments. Hard to really add anything on without making it seem like fluff.

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Post by orangehornet57 » 19 Jan 2018, 23:30

A sequel would be good. How about a mixture of famous and real world gurus? I'd like to hear what Zig Ziglar talked about at lunch. Were there any new insights from Tony Robbins? Perhaps the author could share how what a real world guru demonstrated a famous guru's teachings. Since the first book was mostly in chronological order, would a sequel go the same route?

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Post by Roxanne1247 » 20 Jan 2018, 14:49

No, I do not feel there should be a sequel to this book. Often times when writers or filmmakers try to make a sequel to their original work, it loses something. The second piece of work, unless it is the continuation of a storyline, usually becomes a watered down version of their first piece.

Since this book was more of a thought provoking, self help book, I would not think a sequel would be customary.

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Post by Momiji1987 » 21 Jan 2018, 00:37

I definitely think the author should write more self-help books. I love reading that genre and getting advice from people who have learned to overcome common problems.

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Post by Hildah Mose » 21 Jan 2018, 11:58

I can simply say no. I don't think there's much to add to this. But maybe he can write a different book, not necessarily about his life.

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Post by BookishCreature » 21 Jan 2018, 12:16

orangehornet57 wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 23:30
A sequel would be good. How about a mixture of famous and real world gurus? I'd like to hear what Zig Ziglar talked about at lunch. Were there any new insights from Tony Robbins? Perhaps the author could share how what a real world guru demonstrated a famous guru's teachings. Since the first book was mostly in chronological order, would a sequel go the same route?
This is a great idea! After name-dropping all these famous self-help writers in the introduction, I expected to see them in the book as well. It'd be cool to see what coffee with Zig Ziglar is like.

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Post by Gunnar Ohberg » 21 Jan 2018, 15:38

Perhaps there are more things to learn from this author (in fact, I would bet on it), but a sequel does not seem necessary. Considering the lessons given in his book span the entirety of his life, a sequel would either have to encompass only a few of his recent years (and seem forced and trite) or cover other lessons from his many years not covered in the original book (at which point a reader should be asking "why not?"). Instead, I will agree with many of the other commentators here and say that I think there should be another motivational book from this author that in no way represents a sequel.

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Post by pinklover » 22 Jan 2018, 06:02

AliceofX wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 13:05
I don't see how that could come about. The book is almost an autobiography of sorts, and autobiographies don't have sequels. I saw it as a story about how one person's character and opinions were formed throughout his life. It's about growing up, in a sense. I don't see where you could go from there.
I do agree on this idea. If there is a sequel maybe it is just an another inspiring story or more on elaboration on how he manage to handle those things.
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Post by jaylperry » 23 Jan 2018, 11:25

I don't think there would be any way to do a sequel on a book that's essentially an autobiography. Am I missing something here?
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Post by KFree_Reads » 23 Jan 2018, 20:39

I don't think a sequel is necessary for this particular book. It has been a satisfying read thus far and I think that there is no need to stretch the story any further, especially since he incorporated so many stories in this one book. He also does not leave much room for unanswered questions since all his stories had a resolution as well as the lessons he learned from each. He explored specific aspects of the his life in the book and based on what I have read he seems to have had many life-altering experiences, so perhaps the author could write another book unrelated to this one that could focus on other aspects of his life. Perhaps a book about his experience in business would appeal to entrepreneurs or just about anyone venturing into the areas he has worked in before. He is a great storyteller and certainly will continue to grab the attention of readers.

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Post by prenaramesh » 24 Jan 2018, 00:52

I agree, I think a sequel is not necessary. However a follow-up to this book, where other people contribute stories about their experiences would be interesting to me.

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