Thursday, February 5, 2015

It is Fun to Have Fun (But You Have to Know How)

by Alan

Sophie Hannah continued Poirot and Sebastian Faulks continued Bond. What character would you most like to write about, if the estate asked you?

The idea of taking over for a deceased writer is not a new one to me. When I was in sixth grade, my best friend John and I decided to write a sequel to WAR OF THE WORLDS. (I have to admit, we didn’t bother securing the rights from the HG Wells estate; we forged ahead anyway.) We finished about three pages before we took a break to play basketball. That break lasted decades. (I'm happy to say John is still one of my most valued advance readers.)

I think there would be a ton of pressure if you took over a successful/beloved series. Unless you totally nailed it, a lot of people would have issues with something or other. And if you’ve ever read a thread on any Internet forum or social media site, you know that most of those people with strong opinions are not shy about sharing them. Repeatedly. AND LOUDLY. AND DID I SAY REPEATEDLY AND LOUDLY????

I would have loved to take over one of Robert B. Parker’s series, but others beat me to it (not that I would have been asked anyway!). Ace Atkins does a great job carrying on the Spenser series, and my pal and terrific writer, Reed Farrel Coleman, has taken over the Jesse Stone series.meandthecat

There is one other character I’d love to write about and I think I’d do a pretty good job—the Cat in the Hat (see photo: I even met him!). So if there happen to be any representatives from the good doctor’s estate reading this blog, please consider the following recent Facebook post as my “audition.” (I await your call.)

Go, Go, Snow

I do not like it on the streets,
I do not like it on my feets,
I do not like it on my hair,
I do not like it anywhere,
I do not like it on the ground,
I do not like it in a mound,
I do not like snow, not one iota,
I guess I should move to Sarasota.


Meredith Cole said...

Sorry they didn't think of you to continue a Robert Parker series, Alan! You could have done a great job continuing his funny/sardonic voice.

Jenna said...

You'd make an awesome Dr. Seuss, Alan!

For me, I wish there were more books in Elizabeth Peters's Vicky Bliss series. And I would totally take on the job if it meant I got to spend more time with Vicky and John and Schmidt. Especially Schmidt. :)

Catriona McPherson said...

Sarasota, Wyoming? There's a great Bubba's Ribs and a hot spring but the snow thing might not work out.

Catriona McPherson said...

Sarasota, Wyoming? There's a great Bubba's Ribs and a hot spring but the snow thing might not work out.

Catriona McPherson said...

Wait - SaraTOGA!

Alan Orloff said...

Meredith - I don't think his estate would be fond of the rhyming thing.

Thanks, Jenna! My mother always wanted a doctor in the family.

Catriona - Have you been sampling the cooking sherry again?

RJ Harlick said...

I was wondering about Catriona too. Alan, you've missed your calling. Dr. Seuss, here you come.

Susan C Shea said...

Well, someone needs to take on the Seuss franchise, why not you? I give your audition an 8, creeping right up toward a 9!