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New ‘Catcher’ Novel Permanently Banned: Should All Sequels To Classics Follow Suit?

catcher_banned2Don’t expect to see the follow-up to J.D. Salinger‘s Catcher in the Rye hitting book store shelves anytime soon. Or ever. 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, by Swedish author Frederik Colting, has been permanently banned. According to Reuters, Judge Deborah Batts has ruled that it is “substantially similar” to Salinger’s novel. It was scheduled to hit book shelves this summer. The judge disputed the author’s claim that the new book was a “critical examination of Salinger’s most famous character,” saying that the book and his argument were “problematic and lacking in credibility.”

The whole incident has clearly illustrated the need for safeguards against crazy authors who attempt to write sequels to classic novels. If there weren’t rules and regulations stopping them from being produced, I’m sure these sequels would be the bread and butter of the publishing industry.  Heck, publishers could even use the same business model as those direct-to-video sequels for Disney movies. A Tale of Two Cities:  Part Deux , Another Scarlet Letter and Greater Expectations would really fly off the shelves. Also, I doubt that Colting’s novel was any worse than the sequel to Gone With The Wind, which was simply titled Scarlett. That mediocre follow-up was authorized and even adapted  into a TV mini-series in 1994. The opening scene is posted below and dubbed in Spanish for your viewing pleasure!.

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