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October 30th, 2007
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From:libgirl
Date:October 31st, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
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what is the difference between "companion novels" and sequels anyway?)
Essentially, a companion novel occurs in the same universe and uses some or all of the original characters (but usually has a different narrator or something like that.It has it's own story to tell that may or may not have anything to do with the original. A sequel continues the original story/sticks with the same characters and is generally sequential.

I *adored* Stargirl, I'll have to check the sequel out!

I read a lot of YA lit myself, partially because I enjoy it so much, partially because that's my specialty, teaching wise.

I've never read any Maupin, but I know I should. I didn't really know what to expect and if it's really heavy ready, I need to be a bit better prepared.

I'm going to be doing a book post this week so I'll tell you then what I'm reading ;).
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From:mofic
Date:October 31st, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
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Thanks on the explanation on companion novels. You agree with candrawest :-).

Maupin is the antithesis of heavy reading, generally. The Tales of the City stories were a newspaper serial - very light and funny, albeit sometimes with a serious kick underneath. I used to read them when I was in SF on business when he was writing for the Chronicle. He later packaged them as books.

His only really *serious* book - and it's still fun reading and not heavy - is The Night Listener. It's sort of veiled autobiography and concerns his involvement in the Anthony Godby Johnson fraud (as one of those who was defrauded) as kind of the public story and the breakup of his longterm relationship as the private one. I think it's the best thing he's written but it's not as fun or funny as the Tales of the City books, which are really book candy.

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