“All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.”
This quote from Michael Chabon made me giggle a little, since I've complained in the past about wanting more standalone novels and less sequels and have also composed a list of sequels I'm eagerly waiting to read. I know I've felt before that all new novels are sequels but at the same time I can only partially agree with such a pessimistic take on novel writing. I know there's some truth to the idea that there are no new stories and that every new work is an old one wrapped up in new clothing, but I still stand that creativity and originality are rampant in fiction these days. I think some of my very favorite books are the ones in which authors really are creating something fresh and unique. What are your thoughts? Is everything new these days a reinvention of something previous?