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10 Things We Need Explained In The Sequel To ‘Carry On’

Image obtained via GoodReads

Image obtained via GoodReads

[Updated May 2019}

Rainbow Rowell announced that a sequel to Carry On would be released in 2020 titled Wayward Son, and we finally have a release date of September 24th, 2019!. I, and many others, were extremely excited and surprised to hear this announcement. Carry On ended with plenty of questions, but none that had to be answered. The book was an entire story on its own, so news that another book was on the way was even more exciting.

Now that I’ve calmed down a bit from my intense excitement at the news, I’ve had time to think about the big questions I’ve had since I finished reading the first book.

Note: Obviously there will be spoilers for the novel, Carry On, in this post.

 

1. How will Baz’s family react to the news that he’s dating Simon Snow?

Class differences are a huge theme in the novel. Baz comes from an extremely old family, and Simon decidedly does not. Simon was, for a long time, working with the Mage, who Baz’s family had a great deal of contention with. How will his family react? Will he be accepted, rejected entirely, or somewhere in between? Baz has even mentioned that he didn’t think his family would accept him being gay. I think this is the question I need the answer to most.

 

2. What are the societal and political ramifications from the revelation about the things the Mage did?

The Mage did a lot of shady things; too many for me to begin to summarize here. I can’t imagine the entire country doesn’t learn about the role he played in the death of Baz’s mother, among everything else. With the class struggles already such a big part of this society, how will this knowledge impact the way the average person lives?

 

3. Baz and Simon have had a tumultuous relationship over the years. Has that continued into their romantic relationship?

It is simply impossible to believe that these two confessed their feelings and it was smooth sailing from there. First off, that isn’t how any relationship works. Secondly, Baz actively talks about killing Simon in the book. They have a lot of issues to work through -- you can’t just ignore them because you start dating.

 

4. Baz is a vampire. How does this come into play in their relationship?

Does Baz’s status as a vampire become common knowledge, or is he still hiding it? And how does it complicate not only their relationship, but their lives overall? And yes obviously I want to know if Simon becomes a food source (you all are wondering too).

 

5. Do Simon and Penny make good roommates? Is Simon planning to move in with Baz?

Depending on how far in the future the next book is set, Simon may already be living with Baz. I actually hope he’s living with Penny. I feel as if the two of them would be great roommates, and plus then we’d get to see the boys transition from boyfriends to boyfriends living together.

 

6. What happened to Agatha? Did she find the magic-free life she wanted?

I really enjoyed Agatha from a character perspective. She felt like a real person, though not a person I’d want to spend much time with. But her thoughts and desires make sense, and I’m curious to see how trying to live a magic-free life worked out for her.

 

7. Does Simon ever find out the Mage was his biological father?

I need him to discover this. I’m so eager to see the emotional fallout that would come from this knowledge.

 

8. What are Simon and Baz doing with their careers?

Simon has no magic and wings and a tail to deal with. Baz seems like he’d get an excellent job, but what is Simon doing?

 

9. How has Watford changed?

Or has it changed at all? The Mage is gone so of course, something must be different...at least you’d think so. Has the process for admitting students changed? How are classes being run? What new policies are being put in place to keep students safe?

 

10. How is Simon dealing with not having magic anymore?

Simon had a lot more problems with controlling his magic than the average person, but he still had it and could feel it. Now that he used all of his magic to stop the Humdrum, how is he dealing with life without magic?

 

Carry On and Fangirl are the books that made me realize that I could write books about fandom. I’d always assumed that this type of book would never be published, but now I’ve taken my idea of a fangirl accidentally finding her way into her favorite book series and created a manuscript with it. And I actually think I can get it published.

What are the questions you want answered in the sequel to Carry On?

Why I Want People To Write Fanfiction About My Books

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Before I began to focus more on my own original work, I was an avid fanfiction writer. I’ve published hundreds of stories on fanfiction.net and AO3. I wondered when I began to work on original content if I would get offended by fanfiction like some authors do, and the answer is a huge, resounding, no. I love fanfiction as much as ever, and hope that someday others will be writing fanfiction about my work.

There’s many reasons why, but first I want to say that for authors who do not like seeing others write stories using their characters, I get it. It is easy to get protective of the characters and worlds we create. But for me personally, I would much prefer others write about and enjoy my characters just as much as I have. And here’s why:

  • My characters are not only my own, and neither are my settings. They say that it is impossible to write something 100% original, and I agree. Writers get inspired by all sorts of things, including characters from other series and people in their lives. I created the characters, sure, but I only wrote about a small part of those character’s lives. If I’m not going to write more about them, why shouldn’t others?

  • I want to see how others interpret my characters. Of course, I had a specific idea in mind and I hope to convey that idea when I write, but what people see in that character will vary based on their experiences.

  • I want to see how my characters will react to the various scenarios fanfiction authors put them in. When you’re writing a novel you have tons of ability to be creative, but the structure of a story can be very limiting in ways fanfiction is not. Fanfiction allows scenarios that are not relevant to the main plot to play out, and those scenarios are always very entertaining.

  • Coffeeshop AUs. Bakery AUs. High school AUs. Vampire AUs. I love AUs. They’re so incredibly fun, and by the very nature of what a novel is (AKA the original universe), nothing I write for my story will ever be an AU.

  • Fanfiction is a huge part of fandom, and fandom brings so many people together. I’ve met some of my best friends because of fandom. I met my wife because of fandom. I started attending conventions because of fandom. I want to encourage fandom. I want my work to be something that can help people grow closer as a community.

  • Fanfiction is what got me writing regularly, first small one shots, and eventually long AUs. I majored in English in college, and knew I wanted to major in it in high school because of fanfiction. Fanfiction makes writing more accessible to people.

  • Fanfiction often explores side characters and their backstories. When I’m writing I can’t go into the backstories of every character. Sometimes I don’t even have intricate backstories for some of them. This medium allows these other characters to shine. Come on...Matt from Death Note anyone? No one would remember him without fanfiction!

  • Unlike traditional media such as novels and TV, fanfiction can stray into many different genres, even within the same story. A death scene can be rewritten to become funny, character deaths can be explained away, and crossovers between different fandoms can happen whether they make sense or not. Potterlock guys, I’m just saying.

  • Did I mention I literally met my wife because we both wrote Death Note fanfiction on fanfiction.net?

  • I hate it when you finish an amazing book, video game, or movie, and that’s just...it. There’s nothing else to enjoy because the story is complete. But you can always get around that with fanfiction.

  • Fanfiction writers are kind of badasses. Before we had websites to post fanfiction to, Star Trek fans were putting fanfiction in zines and mailing it to people, or selling it at conventions. Someone in my NaNoWriMo writing group has told us stories about writing to people to request fanfiction. Fans are intense and I love it!

 

Do you love fanfiction? Do you hate it? What was your first series that you read fanfiction for? And I’m always looking for Johnlock recs so please give me some if you have any.