Sequels and reboots are, in general, a double-edged sword. One the one hand, when we fall in love with characters or a world, it’s natural to want to see their story continue. On the other hand, that story usually ends up sucking. There are exceptions, of course, but way more often than not, sequels leave us wanting less. So as badly as many of us yearn for a sequel to High Fidelity (book or movie, I’d take either!), thank you, Nick Hornby, for not falling prey to the oh-too-common line of reasoning that tells you “I made a thing people like, if I made more of that same thing, people will give me money.” In a piece for Billboard, he explained why he never felt like he could continue that story.
I have, from time to time, considered writing a sequel to the book. Rob and his long-suffering girlfriend Laura seemed emblematic of a certain kind of contemporary relationship—Rob confused and drifting, Laura focused and several years further on into adulthood. Maybe it would be interesting to see how they were getting on as they approached middle age. Did they have kids? Were they still together? What was Rob up to now? The answers to the first two questions were up to me (I reckon yes and no), but I could never come up with an answer to the third, or at least, not one that interested me enough to spend a couple of years of my life exploring.
While Hornby may have nailed the reasoning to leave his masterpiece alone, there is one concept that he doesn’t seem to understand: the Internet. On the changing times he said, “One of the great benefits of digital consumption is that it is democratic: In cyberspace, there’s nobody to judge you.” Which is weird, because I thought the entire point of the Internet was for everyone to judge everyone else, loudly and all the time.
Via AV Club.