DO YOU WANT YOUR FAVORITE SERIES TO DIE WITH THE AUTHOR?
Once an author has created a trademark style, vivid fantasy world, or enduring character, you can see why some fans would not want that creation to end with the author's death. For example, the estate of Ian Fleming recently commissioned Sebastian Faulks to write a new Bond adventure--this after already having author Raymond Benson write several Bond adventures. Bond is of course not the only series character to live on after his creator's death, other examples include Robert Ludlum's Bourne novels, which have been continued by Eric Van Lustblader, or the new Godfather novel by Mike Winegardner, or the novels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson that revisit the world of Dune. As a reader, what do you think of a different author continuing a book series after the author is dead? Does the very idea make you cringe, or do you rejoice that your favorite characters or setting won't be lost forever? "Gone with the Wind" and "Rebecca" have been continued by different authors. Some older authors are starting to have co-authors that help in the writing of the series. The Pern novels are being authored by a son and his mother (Anne McCaffrey) I am sure her son will continue alone if needs arise.
What do you think? Should the character continue?