|“The village tailor” by Albert Anker|
As we endure the angst around the Blu-Ray release of Stars Wars and the fact that George Lucas changed the original trilogy… again, it’s worth pondering how this could also very well happen in the world of books.
Reader Tucker, author of the Sarcastic Creatures e-book series, wrote to me about how he’s seeing tinkering on the rise and authors having trouble letting go of their books: “Just because the book is published doesn’t mean the author is finished with it anymore.”
Tinkering could be a good thing – I would love to be able to correct the typos in Jacob Wonderbar, for instance, but those are stuck in ink.
But could we lose something with authors not letting go of their stories? Should there be a final version? Does the tinkering even help books?
What do you think?