Harper Lee’s Mockingbird Sequel

On Tuesday, February 3rd, it was announced that the award-winning “To Kill A Mockingbird” novel by Harper Lee is going to have a sequel released this summer, over fifty years later. It already has a title, was in the top trends on Twitter, and has every book lover talking. It is, in my opinion, more exciting than the release of the 50 Shades of Grey movie.

The sequel is called “Go Set A Watchman,” where the heroine Scout goes back to her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father Atticus. According to Lee, this was the first book she had written, but reconsidered after some advice from her publisher. The book became the classic that was thrown into school curriculums across America, had an award-winning movie adaptation, multiple translations, and is still popular even today.

I am emotionally mixed by this news. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is my favorite classic. It’s one of the classics that I had to read for an English class that didn’t bore me half to death or kill the joy of reading for me. It’s the book that got me in trouble for reading ahead of everyone else. On the other hand, it has been over fifty years since the first book was published. Sure, she finished it in the 50’s, and it technically came first, but it’s possibly the longest gap for a sequel to come out ever. Whenever a sequel comes out after some time the series supposedly ended, it always falls short of the first book, I find.

Either way, though, this news demands a rereading of a classic. Even though classics are supposed to leave huge impressions on an individual (I mean, why else would it be considered a classic?) I don’t remember a heck of a lot about the book. I remember what it was about and the awesome protagonist that is Scout, but the writing style and the great quotes just aren’t recalled too easily. I’m terrible of retaining information like that. So, now I have to push back my ridiculously long To Be Read list to relive an amazing book and its amazing characters and story in preparation of the sequel. I am just hoping that the sequel doesn’t let me down.

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