Sequels are commonplace, but not necessarily by the same authors. They are penned shortly after the original becomes popular, or long afterwards. Alexander Dumas waited two decades before his follow-up to The Three Musketeers. More than one writer had been tapped to pick up where Alistair Maclean and Ian Fleming left off.
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When the same scrivener writes sequels, there's no question about a difference in style. Yet another writer has to imitate that of the first one to the extent possible, not always successfully. Like a bank note counterfeiter, either his imitation is undetectable or he's nabbed.
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