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In this hour, the question isn't "seen any good movies lately?" but instead "experienced any good paratexts lately?" Paratexts are things like DVD bonus materials and Star Wars action figures. Jonathan Gray teachs Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is the author of Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts. He tells Jim Fleming that sometimes the trailer is as good as the movie.
Next, some people used to complain that the movie didn't live up to the book. Now they're saying the movie doesn't live up to its sequel. Constantine Verevis is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the co-editor of Second Takes: Critical Approaches to the Film Sequel. He tells Steve Paulson why so many movie sequels are being made.
Then, it's not just the movies that offer sequels. Susan Heyboer O'Keefe has written many acclaimed children's books, but the novel that inspired her most recent effort was written decades ago. Her new novel is called Frankenstein's Monster, and she tells Anne Strainchamps that she picks up the story right where Mary Shelley left off.
Finally, Sheenagh Pugh talked to Anne Strainchamps about sequels, but in her case the sequels are written by fans. Pugh is the author of The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context. She says fan fiction goes back a long way. [Broadcast Date: January 6, 2011]