Saturday, October 31, 2009
Use of Exisiting Characters in an Anthology
Rosemary Laurey, Carole Nelson Douglas and Jaye Wells have stories in MBVR2 that use characters from previously released novels. Into The Mist For Ever(Laurey) features the story of how Gwyltha and Justin first meet and Vampsploitation(Wells) is a prequel to Red-Headed Stepchild and also provides backstory to Mage in Black. Butterfly Kiss(Douglas) has the well known characters Midnight Louie and Delilah Street. While these stories provide prologue/backstory information/existing characters, neither requires you to have read the previous titles. Does this inspire you to find and read more from the authors and to further explore their worlds? Or do you find the use of existing characters/story confusing and skip ahead? Or do you read more from the author and then go back to the short story from the anthology?