November 18, 2008
prequel (noun) A story or movie containing events that precede those of an existing work.
Sister Souljah wants to make it clear that her latest book, 'Midnight,' is not a sequel to 'The Coldest Winter Ever.' It's a prequel.
And for those who have been writing her and calling her hotline for the last ten years, urging her to hurry up and write the sequel to her smash success, 'The Coldest Winter Ever,' they may be waiting for a very long time.
"I wrote 'The Coldest Winter Ever' as a complete work. If I were to do a sequel, let's look at the story: At the end of the book, Winter went to jail and was sentenced to 15 years. When Winter comes out of prison at 33, will her story still be hot? Would she have the same confidence? Her mom is dead, her father is doing life. These are real things that happened. She doesn't have the same resources. Do you really hold the same position when you're 33? Can you talk all of that shit you talked when you were a teenager? No! So what makes that so hot?
"I loved 'The Coldest Winter Ever,' I would be a fool not to love it. I wrote it. I imagined it. I put it into circulation. But I wrote it in a complete form -- a beginning, middle, and an end."
The overwhelming reaction to 'The Coldest Winter Ever' and people's connection to the characters was what sparked the creation of Midnight. Souljah said she would be on lecture tours for the book and invariably women would want to know about this character, Midnight, who had a very limited role in 'The Coldest Winter Ever' but seemed to be so vivid and real for so many.
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