The Whiniest Teenager In Literature Returns!
J.D. Salinger has never been keen on allowing other writers to draw from The Catcher in the Rye. A few years ago, Salinger won a lawsuit that barred an author from publishing in the United States after he penned a novel featuring Holden Caulifield as an old man.
Salinger died in 2010, but I doubt his lawyers will think too highly of Mary O’ Connell, a young adult author who recently landed a deal with Amy Einhorn Books to publish In The Rye. Publisher’s Marketplace describes the novel this way: “Caulfield steps out of the pages of The Catcher in the Rye and into the life of a high school senior searching Manhattan for her missing American lit teacher.”
Meh. One big fat meh.
Why can’t today’s average authors just leave the classics alone? Holden Caulifield was Salinger’s vision, and The Catcher in the Rye doesn’t need Mary O’ Connell’s two cents. To me, this just seems an insult to Salinger and an ego trip by O’ Connell. Leave this story alone, please.
Very few authors can pull this type of thing off. See Scarlett–the “sequel” to Gone With The Wind. And, though, Wide Sargasso Sea was a respectable “prequel” to Jane Eyre–it’s really one of the few exceptions.
I don’t get the feeling this book will be any different. Just leave The Catcher In The Rye alone. And, fellow authors, let’s also vow to never, ever, ever, ever attempt to build on or add to To Kill A Mockingbird in any way. If you do this, Atticus Finch will leap out of his fictional grave and prosecute you into oblivion.
Well, now that you know my thoughts…what do you think about what Mary O Connell is attempting to do with The Catcher In The Rye?