Though federal appeals court judges in the Second U.S. Court of Appeals have yet to make a ruling, so far the Swedish man using the pen name J.D. California has not been permitted to publish his "sequel to 'The Catcher in the Rye'" in the U.S.
The reason for the above quote is that, despite whatever ruling comes from this case, there will never be a sequel to "The Catcher in the Rye."
One judge even called the book a "rather dismal piece of work."
So I know it's a bit cliche to love this book (though one of my other favorite books is "To Kill A Mockingbird" so I guess I'm full of 'em today), but I LOVE THIS BOOK.
And anyone else who loves it, which I assume this wanna-be author does, should not want to taint it's image by even attempting to build on it's foundation.
If Salinger thought more needed to be said, he would have said it. As a fan, respect that.
I just hope that copyright laws hold up in Salinger's favor.
Has anyone tried to write a sequel to "Hamlet" or "Gone With the Wind"? (I hope they fell flat on their face if they did.)
Classics are classics for a reason - and much of that has to do with the author.
Am I being unreasonable here, too much of a purist? Or do you really think a devotee to the original would waste his or her time on a sequel written by some wanna-be no-name from Sweden? I know I wouldn't.