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The Book Report: Episode 24: Sequels We’d Like to Discover

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Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike get inspired by Harper Lee’s new Go Kill a Watchbird, and talk about sequels to classic books they’d like to discover.

covercovercoverDiscussed in this episode: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, racist Atticus Finch, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens, Scarface (dir. Brian De Palma), Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Family Stone (dir.¬†Thomas Bezucha), Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Animal Farm by George Orwell, middle school plays, old-timey editorial cartoons, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Scarlett O’Hara’s nonsense, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield’s stupid cap, selling out, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the forgotten students of Hogwarts, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jean Valjean.

Cut for time from this episode but likely to be included as an extra on the eventual DVD: 2 Naked 2 Dead by Norman Mailer.

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2 Responses to “The Book Report: Episode 24: Sequels We’d Like to Discover”

  1. il'ja
    at 3:57 pm on July 17, 2015

    Nice!

    Virginia Woolf is so blown away by “50 Shades of Grey” that she delves into fan fiction for a sequel in which…

    Clarissa Dalloway, seeing some good coin as a Mary Kay representative from Minneapolis, finally gets an invite to the annual company jamboree at which she and the celebrity keynote speaker – one Christian Grey – grow chummy. “I’m so damn tired of overthinking everything” she whispers suggestively at the buffet table, “let’s get nasty.”

    Half-an-hour later she’s tied to the Serta Perfect Sleeper (queen, single room with a skyline view of Wichita, booked through Expedia), waiting for Christian to come out of the shower. Will he dare wear the Minnesota Vikings codpiece she brought along “just in case”? Will if fit? What’s Target’s return policy on codpieces? So many questions. Her reverie is shattered as she hears a key card in the door and…in walks Peter Walsh! Christian emerges from the bathroom and with a wink and a nod minces over to Peter and slips a willowy arm around the latter’s dancer’s waist. The two men laugh and laugh.

    Mrs. Dalloway is suddenly far, far away, walking towards Bond Street, looking at the houses, at the railings, at the antelopes stretching over the palings. Watching a leaf quiver in the rush of air as up in the sky swallows swooping, swerving, flinging themselves in and out, round and round, yet always with perfect control as if elastics held them; and the flies rising and falling; and the sun spotting now this leaf, now that, in mockery, dazzling it with soft gold in pure good temper. And in that far off land a solitary thought held her, insisting its will upon her: “it’s probably just the same as their underwear policy.”

  2. priskill
    at 1:30 pm on July 18, 2015

    Okay Il’ja, you cracked me up — well-done! Now we know what that room of her own was for. I will never think of the Vikings without codpieces again. This far exceeds both original works — i think you’re in bestseller territory now. I would buy that book, sir!

    Enjoyed this episode. Can I suggest that you do a show about characters we are supposed to like who are just annoying and start with Melanie Wilkes, followed by Jane Fairfax? You could call it Annoying Saints.. Although — you stay away from Beth March, get it? hands-off the only likable saint in literature.

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